Dundee Coastal Flood Protection Scheme

Local Gov't • Dundee City

Constructing a flood protection scheme to protect the Dundee community of Broughty Ferry.

  • Dunes at Broughty Ferry.
  • Riverside set back wall.

Dundee City Council's story

Since 2009 councils in Scotland have had a duty to work towards a co-ordinated flood risk management plan to reduce the overall risk of flooding from whatever source. Studies have demonstrated that large areas of Broughty Ferry are at significant risk. During a 1 in 200 year event, extreme water levels in the Firth of Tay would exceed the height of the existing defences and cause flooding in the areas of Long Lane and Brook Street.

The estimated costs to residents, businesses and infrastructure would be in the region of £97 million with 450 properties at risk. During early 2016 the Council sought the views of the communities affected on the preferred option which is a set-back wall solution which will comprise of a one metre high wall to the rear (roadside) of the footway. Enhancements to the footway will be carried out alongside the wall works. The Wall will include openings to allow for public access with gates that can be drawn over should a risk of flooding occur.

The work is due to be completed in 2022. The new flood protection infrastructure will also feature an improved active travel route as well as planting and landscaping to help improve biodiversity to ensure multiple benefits. This scheme has also included soft flood protection measures utilising the existing sand dunes along Broughty Ferry Esplanade.

An investment of £6.9m has recently been made to construct set back walls and flood gates from the central waterfront to Dundee Airport which used local stone to minimise the carbon footprint and incorporated a combined cycle walkway.

Useful learnings from Dundee City Council

Consult with communities at an early stage in the process.

Dundee City Council's metrics

Reduced impacts from storm surges and sea level rise.

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Updated Feb, 2024

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