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Halcrow works up flood defence plans

CONTRACTS - SCOTLAND

HALCROW has been given the go-ahead to develop designs for a £50 million flood prevention scheme in Glasgow.

Tenders go out next year for the White Cart river project. It will be the largest of its kind in Scotland.

The scheme will be funded by the Scottish Executive with Glasgow City Council the lead authority. The development, covering a 10 km stretch of the river, also includes East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire councils.

Building work is expected to last three years and aims to protect 1,750 homes and businesses along the river banks.

The defences will also safeguard some of the city's most attractive buildings, including Millbrae Crescent, designed by famous local architect Alexander 'Greek' Thompson.

A source close to the project said the council fears a one in 200 year flood could cause £75 million worth of damage.

The river is notorious for flash floods, with just 12 hours of rain able to raise water levels by 6 m. This has led to 20 serious floods in the past century ? Millbrae Crescent has suffered flood levels two storeys high in the height of summer.