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Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme wins national award

The scheme gives protection to around 600 properties Photo: ITV Border

A multimillion pound flood protection scheme in Selkirk has won a national award.

The Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme won the Environmental Award at the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards on Tuesday 24 October.

It gives protection to around 600 properties from major flooding.

The £32.1million scheme has already protected properties from flooding on six separate occasions, such as storms Desmond and Frank in December 2015.

Work to improve Selkirk's flood defences in 2014 Credit: ITV Border

Features include a water management system that can hold the equivalent of 620 Olympic swimming pools' worth of water.

Footpaths and parks have also been provided in the area, as well as footbridges to give walkers and cyclists chance to explore the countryside.

More than 150 people have worked on the scheme - around half of them being Borders residents.

The Scottish Borders Council said:

The scheme has already provided environmental, economic and social benefits for the local community, and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

The Council now has a track record of delivering successful flood protection schemes, with projects in Galashiels, Jedburgh and Selkirk completed.

We are now taking forward the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme with the aim of providing similar protection and benefits to its residents and businesses.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council
Selkirk Rugby Club has previously been hit by flooding Credit: ITV Border

The Senior Project Manager of the scheme commented:

A key objective of this scheme from the beginning was to provide an environmentally acceptable and sustainable flood protection scheme.

Definitive proof of its flood protection capabilities was achieved in December 2015 when it protected Selkirk from flooding during Storm Frank.

This environmental award from the Institution of Civil Engineering in partnership with the Saltire Society now provides an independent confirmation of the environmental achievements of this major civil engineering project.

We are delighted to receive this award on behalf of the Council, the people of Selkirk, and the many organisations and individuals that worked on the project over the past decade.”

– Conor Price, Senior Project Manager, Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme