Belfast Telegraph

Lagan wins flood defence deal

By Staff Reporter

A Nothern Ireland building firm is taking part in a multi-million pound project to protect Scottish residents from flooding.

City of Edinburgh Council has appointed Lagan Construction to deliver £11.5m of flood defences in its ongoing battle to prevent flash flooding of the Water of Leith.

For residents who live along its banks, the river has become the 'auld enemy' threatening to burst its banks with every heavy rainfall. More than 500 homes and businesses were devastated during the last major floods of 2000.

Lagan has been tasked to build five sections of defences along a 2.6km stretch of the Leith from Bonnington to Dean's Bridge in Stockbridge.

These will comprise mainly of 2,300m of structural floodwalls along with associated flood gates, demountable defences, glass panels and window shutters.

An architectural lifting bridge and four pump stations will be constructed on tributary and surface water inflows to the river and strengthening works will be carried out at a nearby property.

Throughout the project Lagan will work closely with ecologists to ensure the watercourse and local wildlife are protected.

Work is due to be completed by August 2012.