Ground Investigation Works Planned for Whitesands Flood Defence Scheme

Ground Investigation works on the Whitesands in Dumfries will begin mid-June. These will examine the ground conditions at various points along the proposed alignment of the Whitesands Project (Flood Protection and Public Realm Improvements Scheme).

This will provide additional data to inform the detailed design process, to build on the current outline design.

The Whitesands Project was presented to elected members at Full Council on 4 October 2023, where members agreed to progress the published Flood Protection Scheme. The scheme will provide both flood protection and regeneration for the Whitesands area of Dumfries.

Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Ian Blake said: “This is an important stage for the Whitesands Flood Defence Scheme that was voted through by the Full Council. It is a necessary step that must be taken before the full scheme can be implemented.”
Vice Chair, Councillor Jackie McCamon, said: “The appointment of Turner & Townsend will provide technical project management services. This will give our council access to an experienced team of flood project specialists who has recently worked on a number of major projects across Scotland and the wider United Kingdom.”

It is anticipated that the ground investigation works will take approximately 16 weeks and represents an important milestone in the progress of this project.