SPI Piling Ltd, following recent award for the installation of the steel sheet piling works for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, have commenced the first sections of work on site on behalf of client, Scottish Borders Council.
Hawick has an unenviable record when it comes to flooding. The town has experienced damaging flood events stretching back many centuries. The River Teviot flowing through the town has burst its banks on at least 15 occasions in recorded history, posing risk to life and property.
The aim is to provide Hawick with modern, effective, and environmentally friendly flood defences which fully address the risks facing the town and are capable of protecting local people, properties and businesses for many years to come.
SPI Piling are currently on site, carrying out the installation of 6.5m long Arcelor Mittal, AZ18 Steel sheet piles within Work Section 02 of the project adjacent to Albert Bridge in the town centre. Our very own state of the art ABI 13/16SL Leader Rig with 20VV Variable moment, variable frequency hammer attachment is really showing its power and capabilities, in challenging ground conditions.
In total, the flood defences to be installed have a length of approximately 6km, making this one of the largest flood protection schemes ever carried out in the UK. It is estimated that, once complete, 970 buildings in the town currently under threat from flooding will be protected.
The £88m Hawick Flood Protection Scheme is one of the largest flood defence projects ever carried out in Scotland. The aim is to build a state-of-the-art flood protection system which will protect the town of Hawick against major flood events for many years to come – and to do so with the minimum of disruption to local residents, businesses and wildlife.
SPI Piling Ltd are delighted to be the Piling Contractor of choice! on this prestigious scheme, working alongside McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd delivering vital flood protection in the Scottish Borders.