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Morrison's £28m contract to alleviate Moray flood risk

4 Sep 12 Morrison Construction, the Scottish arm of Galliford Try, has been awarded a £28m flood defence contract in northern Scotland.

Morrison’s contract is part of a £45m Moray Council project to upgrade flood defences at Forres (Findhorn & Pilmuir), which is itself,  part of the wider £177m Moray Flood Alleviation scheme that combines the expertise of The Moray Council, Royal HaskoningDHV, Morrison Construction and EC Harris to solve flooding issues across Moray.

On completion the project is expected to reduce flood risk to the town of Forres from the Findhorn and Pilmuir catchments, by recreating riverside flood plains, constructing set-back flood defences and forming a new drainage channel with pumping station.

Work starts this month, with completion scheduled for spring 2015.

Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said: "We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with The Moray Council by securing this important contract to deliver a fifth scheme through our existing construction partnering arrangement."

Over the past three years flood alleviation projects have been completed at Lhanbryde, Rothes and on the Burn of Mosset in Forres, while work is continuing on the £86million flood scheme in Elgin.

The five flood schemes represent the biggest ever investment in flood protection in Scotland.

Historically, the River Findhorn has caused serious flooding on a number of occasions, the most recent in 1970. It is feared that another major flood event is already overdue.

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