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. Once completed, it will provide a 0.5% chance of occurrence standard of protection(1 in 200-year flood event). It will also include an allowance for climate change (33% increase to 2080) and a safety margin catering for uncertainties.

In this section you can find out more about the Stonehaven FPS:

The fly through video is from 2015. The scheme has been modified since then but the video gives an indication of how it will look.

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

Weekend works

Site activity on non-working weekends has been necessary for essential works as works largely had to cease prior to, during and following flood events. As a result of flood events, scheduled works were delayed which in turn hindered progress and therefore targeted works were undertaken to make up for the impacted areas.

Normal working weekend rotation has resumed, and any activity on non-working weekends would be for essential purposes only.

Please view more information about weekend works.

Current road closures and restrictions

There are some traffic restrictions put in place due to the construction works.

Cameron Street:


A webcam at White Bridge is installed showing how construction work is progressing.


If you have any queries about this scheme, please contact our community liaison officer: