Flood Ark

Murrayfield Stadium

Murrayfield Stadium

The city of Edinburgh has a long history of flooding. Over the past 110 years, there have been five significant flood events recorded in the city – the most recent of which occurred on 26th April 2000. On that occasion, the boundary walls in Saughton, Balgreen, Stockbridge, Warriston and Bonnington all failed. The resulting floods left dozens of surrounding properties inundated with flood water and were described by the then Edinburgh council leader, Donald Anderson, as the worst to hit the city for a century.

Amongst the properties to have been flooded was Murrayfield stadium – the venue for Scotland’s home rugby matches. 24 hours of torrential rain generated four-feet of flood water and, in addition to leaving the Murrayfield pitch underwater, caused significant disruption, including:

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is responsible for Flood Risk Management Strategies (FRMS) in Scotland, and in recent years has been working on projects designed to avoid a repeat of the flooding in the future. Following the Water of Leith impact study, it was found that 73km2 of land was vulnerable to flooding – an area that includes 3,330 residential and 480 non-residential properties. The estimated annual damages in this area were approximately £5.8 million.

Murrayfield Stadium was just one of those properties highlighted in the report, with the venue being found to be in an area at the highest risk of flooding. Following the report, the Water of Leith Flood Protection Scheme was created and as part of the second phase of the works, Flood Ark were tasked with the installation of one of our flood barriers.

We initially quoted for the work in September 2016 on behalf of our partners, Total Flood Solutions TFS – a company we have been working with the past decade. TFS were subsequently awarded the contract to supply and install a number of their own floodgates, as well as our barrier.

Working with the main civil engineering contractor, McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, we undertook the work in the week leading up to Scotland’s opening match of the 2017 Six Nations Tournament. Despite working to an incredibly tight schedule, we were able to meet every deadline imposed upon us.