Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme

Stonehaven has historically suffered from flooding which affected local residences and businesses within the lower reach of the River Carron. Major flooding events have occurred in Stonehaven over many years, most recently in 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012 which have caused the evacuation of nearby residents.

Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme (FPS) is designed to protect homes and businesses which have previously been badly affected by flooding events around the River Carron. It is to provide a standard of protection well above the current Association of British Insurers requirements, reducing flood risk to 372 residential properties, 2 public utility sites, a school and an emergency service site. The scheme provides a 0.5% chance of occurrence standard of protection (1 in 200-year flood event). It also includes an allowance for climate change (33% increase to 2,080) and a safety margin catering for uncertainties.

View the Stonehaven flood protection scheme privacy notices.

The fly-through video is from 2023 showing the completed works of the scheme.

Key elements of the work

The works are the design of defined elements and construction of Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme. This includes construction of walls, embankments, culverts, and alteration to 5 bridges along the Carron Water (and tributaries) through Stonehaven:

  • Removing, replacing and raising the Red Bridge and Green Bridge
  • Repositioning the Green Bridge
  • Removing, refurbishing and reinstating the White Bridge in a raised position
  • Replacing the Bridgefield Bridge parapet with a reinforced glass type material
  • Raising and widening the Beach Bridge
  • Construction of flood walls between the Red Bridge and the river mouth
  • Removal of the island downstream of the Green Bridge
  • Installation of 2 higher capacity culverts on the Glaslaw Burn and a new culvert under the gardens of Cameron Street
  • Construction of a new pedestrian walkway from Bridgefield Bridge to the Beach Bridge

Archived and historic information