Work on the latest flood defences for Almondbank will get under way after the award of the £14 million contract to deliver the second phase of the project.
Almondbank has experienced devastating deluges from the River Almond and East Pow Burn, with serious flooding in 1993, 1999 and most recently in January 2011.
In order to mitigate flooding in the area, the council commissioned consultants to investigate the extent of the problem and develop potential solutions.
The proposals comprise a series of flood defences along the River Almond and the East Pow Burn and a temporary flood storage area on the playing fields next to Main Street.
Councillor Alan Grant, convener of Perth and Kinross Council’s environment committee said: “Perth and Kinross’ extensive river networks makes flooding a significant issue for the area.
“However, we also have extensive experience and evidence to show the positive impact flood mitigation schemes can have on reducing the risk that flooding presents to homeowners and businesses.
“I welcome the news that the next phase of work to protect areas at risk of flooding in Almondbank will soon be under way, and I am sure that this will offer reassurances to local residents and businesses alike.”
Hector Macaulay, Balfour Beatty regional managing director, Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded yet another contract by Perth and Kinross Council through the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Framework.
“The framework enables the council to save time in procuring the scheme and gain our input into its design.
“With over 20 years’ experience in leading extremely challenging flood and coastal defence schemes, and 13 projects in our current armour, we will apply this knowledge and innovation to deliver an efficient scheme which supports the local economy and first and foremost, protects residents’ homes and businesses.”
Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, added: “We have all witnessed the damage flooding can do to the area, so we look forward to seeing the impact the project will have, not only in providing wide-ranging protection from damage, but on the local economy as businesses become less at risk.”
The works are due to begin in late October with completion expected in spring 2018.