The contract to construct phase two of the urban defences was awarded to VolkerStevin in late 2008 with an end value of £27 million. Encompassing 21 construction sites, spread over five urban towns, this major civil engineering and environmental scheme has reduced the risk of flooding to approximately 1,750 homes and businesses on the southside of the city, and over £100 million flood damages.
The construction of the main flood defences consisted of 3,000t of concrete encased sheet piles over 4km, which were installed by VolkerSteel Foundations. The use of various piling techniques helped to minimise the impact on existing services, resulted in less excavation, required less land take, and could be installed using silent piling techniques with minimal vibration.
VolkerStevin achieved a higher than expected recycling target set by Glasgow City Council, has been awarded two Considerate Constructors awards and the scheme was Highly Commended at the Saltire Awards 2011.
Councillor Matheson said at the ceremony overlooking the White Cart: "For over a century the White Cart Water has caused serious flood damage to homes and commercial properties on the south side of Glasgow, many of these caused by relatively minor storms.
"Today we can say that people living on or near this river don't have to worry that heavy rains will cause havoc and flooding to their homes and businesses, they will be protected.
"I can confirm that we will now be able to give the 1,710 homes and 45 businesses that have been under constant threat of flooding a letter of comfort to their insurance companies to allow them to reduce their insurance premiums.
"We have been very ambitious for this scheme, it wasn't just about flood defences, we also wanted to maximise the environmental benefits to our city which has seen new wetlands and wildlife habitats created along the river.
"I am delighted to be able to inaugurate this fantastic scheme and commend the wonderful innovative work carried out to make this such a success."
Mark Gardner, operations director at VolkerStevin, the contractor building the flood prevention scheme, said: "We are delighted to have been involved in this scheme, which will provide very real benefits to the local community. Over the last two years, a big part of our work has been speaking with local residents and businesses, so we understand how much difference this scheme will make to people."