Work to start on Essential Flood Alleviation Scheme in Aberdeen.

02 April 2019

The £500,000 Project in the city’s King’s Gate will ease flooding during storm conditions.

Scottish Water is preparing to start work next week on a £500,000 project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding affecting customers on part of King’s Gate, close to its junction with Anderson Drive in Aberdeen. 

The work will be carried out by Morrison Construction, working on behalf of Scottish Water’s delivery alliance partner amey-Black & Veatch (aBV).   

A new metre-wide sewer will be laid in the eastbound carriageway of King’s Gate, running a distance of almost 100 metres, to provide additional capacity during storm conditions when high volumes of surface water run-off overwhelm the existing sewer network. 

To allow the work to take place safely, the section of King’s Gate between the King’s Cross roundabout and Moray Place will be closed to traffic from Monday 8th April for around 12 weeks.  A signposted diversion will be in place via Anderson Drive, Queen’s Road and Forest Road.  Scottish Water’s site team will work with local residents to maintain their access as far as possible as the work progresses; and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.  

aBV Project Manager Raymond Hope said: “I would like to thank residents on the affected section of King’s Gate who have been engaging with our team over the past year as we prepared to carry out this essential work to reduce the risk of flooding. We will continue to work with them while we are on site to keep the short term disruption caused by construction activity to a minimum. 

“Due to the size of the pipes we will be working with and the significant excavation needed to install them, it is necessary for us to close a short section of King’s Gate to traffic.  We have worked with Aberdeen City Council to agree a local diversion in order to keep everyone safe and keep any delays to a minimum.  We would encourage travellers to plan their journeys and to allow some extra time where possible.” 

Scottish Water Corporate Affairs Manager Gavin Steel added: “The work taking place is important to achieve a permanent reduction in the risk of sewer flooding affecting homes on this section of King’s Gate. 

“Our team will do all they can to minimise disruption, but we are grateful to customers and road users for their patience while we take care of their sewer network for the future.”