Flood damage in a sensitive area of outstanding natural beauty required expertise that could both repair the damage, and use salvaged materials to improve the river habitat.

Location: Banchory
Type of works: Riverbank reinstatement and flood prevention
Contract Value: £220,000

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In 2016, following a tender process and the award of an NEC3 contract, Park Dee appointed McGowan to reinstate a section of riverbank along the River Dee between Banchory and Peterculter, which had been badly damaged by winter floods. Over two months, McGowan cleared 30,000 tonnes of debris that had been washed out from the river, including several huge trees and 30,000 tonnes of washed river gravel from the field behind. Replacing and reinforcing the riverbank involved bringing 3500 tonnes of rock armour to the site, and using a 45 tonnes excavator to shift boulders up to eight tonnes in weight.