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White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme

Phase 3 Construction Works

Glasgow City Council are pleased to advise that RJ McLeod have been awarded the construction contract for Phase 3. RJ McLeod are currently working with the council and the scheme designers, CH2M, to finalise their programme for the next phase of the flood protection scheme. Further details will be published when the programme of works has been finalised.

The White Cart Water has historically inflicted misery to residents and businesses in the south side of Glasgow over many decades.

Since 1908 there have been more than 20 significant floods caused by relatively minor storms. One of the most memorable was at Hogmanay 1984 when 500 homes in Battlefield and Langside were inundated and millions of pounds of damage caused. Only 12 days later floods inflicted further misery in the same area. In 1990 residents in the area were struck again. In 1994, the river burst its banks once more in various places including Paisley, and in 1999 families living in Cathcart and Langside suffered thousands of pounds of damage when the water reached waist height in their homes.

Glasgow City Council promoted a flood prevention scheme for the White Cart Water and its tributary the Auldhouse Burn. The Scottish Ministers approved the flood prevention scheme in 2006 and phases 1 and 2 were fully operational in September 2011.

In 2017, Glasgow City Council secured funding to enable the completion of the third and final phase of the scheme. The project team are currently finalising the design and plan to hold a public information day in summer/ autumn 2017 before construction works commencing in spring 2018.

Further information on Phase 3 can be found here


February 2018 - Pre-construction environmental and building surveys to be carried out starting w/c 19 February 2018

February 2018 - Contractor, RJ McLeod appointed to deliver the next phase of the flood protection scheme

October 2017 - Procurement of a contractor to construct the phase 3 works is underway.

September 2017 - Licence granted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) under the controlled activity regulations for the phase 3 works

July 2017 - ecology surveys for protected species (bats, otters, badgers and water vole) as well as invasive species have been completed

April 2017 - Topographic surveys at WS7 and WS99 have been completed

Glasgow City Council secure funding to complete final Phase of Scheme. Further details can be found by clicking on the Phase 3 link above