The car park on the banks of the River Teviot collapsed, in turn causing the collapse of the sewage system that transferred waste from the south side of the village to the north side on route to the treatment works.
The project was self-delivered on a design and build contract from conception to finalisation.
As the River Teviot is a salmon river the timescale for the works was limited to a period of dry weather and the return of the salmon at the end of October.
Full road closures on both sides of the river, gas diversion and over pumping were carried out from the time of the storm until the completion of the works.
A piled solution chosen, with a platform constructed with natural stone so plant could access the river. Piles were driven, sealed off and excavation below the river bed was carried out so a new, concrete surrounded, 54m sewer could be installed and connected.
The concrete works were subject to strict Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) surveillance to prevent pollution of the river.
Strong relationships were built with SEPA, Scottish Borders Council and Hawick Community Council during the works. Local consultation meetings, arranged with the council, were a great success with positive feedback received throughout the works resulting in the team receiving Scottish Water GEM (going the extra mile) Awards.
Due to the proximity of the project to a local nursery, a safety talk was given about the works and hi-vis vest and fun literature provided for the pupils.
Marion Short from Hawick Community Council said:
“Hawick Community Council is delighted that all the works being carried out by Morrison Construcon at Duke Street/Noble Place have now been completed. We much appreciate all the consultation with HCC and involvement in the community with updates and presentaons throughout the whole project. We very much understand all the constraints involved in the work combined with weather restrictions which did cause delays in the work being completed, however these were overcome by the companies sasfactorily and it is hoped that residents in the area can now resume some normality with the work being completed. HCC would also like to thank Morrison for the provisions of arc lights at the end of the Christmas Parade which was considered a great community gesture.”