Glasgow goes for drains gold

MWH AND HALCROW have teamed up to manage the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership's (MGSDP) ambitious programme of drainage work.

Glasgow City Council, Scottish Water and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are working in partnership with other local authorities and development agencies to deliver a sustainable drainage infrastructure that aims to reduce the impact of flooding, enable the economic development of metropolitan Glasgow, and provide a better quality of life through a cleaner environment.

The plan, one of the most comprehensive of its kind, covers flood risk management, improving environmental water quality and habitats, supporting economic development, effectively managing surface water and integrating partners' investment plans.

Also, a key element of the project is to improve sewerage and drainage networks in Glasgow's East End to support developments linked to Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014. This will also help to create a better urban environment and sustainable communities in this area of the city.

A programme management office (PMO) has been set up by a team from MWH and Halcrow, which have been chosen for their experience of integrated drainage solutions and their ability to deliver complex programmes against tight time scales. Each partner organisation in the MGSDP has its own portfolio of work with overall management, coordination and technical governance provided by the PMO.

Programme manager Jeremy Osborne said: "This is a highly complex programme of work, and the individual objectives of the stakeholders will have to be sensitively managed. The work will touch the lives of over one million people, as well as impact on business communities across the region. These are the ultimate customers and beneficiaries of this project."

The programme of work will tackle the legacy of flooding problems experienced in the 2002 floods, especially in the east end of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and south and north Lanarkshire.

It is a long-term investment commitment by the stakeholders and will address pollution in the inner Clyde estuary and provide improved wastewater treatment facilities for the greater Glasgow region.

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