(last updated 11 February 2021)
In August last year, after over ten years of planning and preparation, work got underway to construct the Upper Garnock Valley Flood Protection Scheme.
The long-anticipated scheme will bring welcome flood protection and relief to communities located within the Upper Garnock Valley which have suffered from a long history of flooding, most notably in 2008 and more recently in August last year.
The areas set to benefit most from the scheme are Kilbirnie with particular focus on the area around the Paddockholm Industrial Estate, properties affected by the Powgree Burn in Glengarnock and the Mill Park Estate in Dalry.
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Green New Deal & Sustainability at North Ayrshire Council, said: "After what has been a turbulent year, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted that work is now well under way on what will be a hugely significant project for the Upper Garnock Valley."
"Once complete in 2022, the flood protection scheme will offer local residents and businesses peace of mind and security in the years to come."
Areas of operation
Works are divided into four areas of operation.
Flood Protection Scheme Design Competition gets underway
Second Year Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices at Ayrshire College have been set an exciting challenge by McLaughlin & Harvey’s Project Team to put their learning into practice and design a flood protection scheme. The Foundation Apprentices will then present their ideas to judges from McLaughlin & Harvey, Ayrshire College and North Ayrshire College. We wish the teams taking part best of luck and will share news on the winning design and team in the next newsletter.
A big cheer for our STEM Ambassadors
McLaughlin & Harvey’s Project Team are passionate about the construction industry and committed to raising aspiration, supporting learning and illuminating careers by bringing STEM subjects to life. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics and refers to any subjects that fall under these four disciplines. Members of the Project Team recently completed training to become STEM Ambassadors and will be providing mentoring support to the Foundation Apprentices taking part in the Flood Protection Scheme Competition.
Local jobs for local people
McLaughlin & Harvey has created 5 fulltime positions at their Upper Garnock Flood Protection Scheme with 3 local residents benefitting from employment.
Additionally, a Graduate Civil Engineer and Community Liaison have been recruited to add to the McLaughlin & Harvey team.
Adrian Pollock, Contracts Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey commented, “When we began our partnership with North Ayrshire Council, we were passionate about helping them achieve a fantastic outcome that provides wider training and employability opportunities for local people and local neighbourhoods. We are wholly committed to developing a local workforce and investing in the lives of local people, schools, colleges, businesses, enterprises and charities.”
Jane successfully secured employment in November 2020 as a Site Administrator with McLaughlin and Harvey and is based at the main project at Kilbirnie. Jane who lives locally in Largs was unfortunately made redundant from her previous role, and was then very keen to apply for this role when it became available.
Thomas who lives in Ardrossan has been working on McLaughlin & Harvey’s Kilbirnie site since November 2020 as a Cleaner with Apex. His role is vitally important due to Covid19 in maintaining high cleaning standards and ensuring the wellbeing of all staff on-site.
Garry who lives locally in Kilbirnie had been unemployed before beginning work as a Security Officer with Portal Security on McLaughlin & Harvey’s Kilbirnie site. Garry deals with all deliveries to site; temperature checking of all staff and visitors; and ensures the security of the site offices and plant.
Getting in touch
Please contact our dedicated Community Liaison with comments or questions on 07717 347320 or uppergarnock.fps.@mclh.co.uk
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