East Lothian Council

Contract awarded for Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme

Published Wednesday 17th January 18

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Contract awarded for consultancy services for Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme

A £974,500 contract for consultancy services for the design of Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme, awarded to CH2M Hill UK, was noted at today’s (Tuesday 16 January) Cabinet meeting.

East Lothian Council produced a Local Flood Risk Management Plan, approved by Cabinet in May 2016, which identified a number of measures required to mitigate possible flood concerns in areas of East Lothian. The Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme is included in the Local Flood Risk Management Plan and, following confirmation from the Scottish Government of contributions of 80% of eligible costs of flood protection schemes, East Lothian Council has engaged the design consultants to progress the scheme.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said:

“The Scottish Government has recognised that communities across Scotland have recently faced considerable disruptions as a result of flooding and have allocated funding measures to support flood protection schemes and other flood risk reduction works. The Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme is a considerable project to protect properties and infrastructure that is at risk of flood events deriving from the River Esk through the town, the Pinkie Burn, and the coast.

“The consultancy services contract was awarded following a tender exercise procured through Public Contracts Scotland and the company will work with the council’s project team to advance the scheme. The council welcomes the support of the Scottish Government to assist the council in delivering this project."

Conor Price, Project Manager for the scheme, noted:

“This is a major step forward for the project. Over the coming months we will be opening up consultation with organisations, businesses and the people of Musselburgh so that we can design a scheme best suited to the particular requirements of this historic town.”

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