The project is being built in the Den of Maidencraig, next to the local nature reserve and includes the creation of a wetlands.

W M Donald has been awarded the Maidencraig Flood Management, Wetland and ‘Safe Route to School’ contract by Aberdeen City Council.

The project is being built in the Den of Maidencraig, next to the local nature reserve and includes the creation of a wetlands. The primary purpose of the scheme is to control water flows in the Den Burn using large-scale attenuation. Attenuation refers to the capture, storage and controlled release of surface water run-off. It is often a key feature of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).

Attenuation at Maidencraig features a cascading weir, diversion of the existing watercourse and the creation of two wetland ponds separated by a cultivated bund incorporating an illuminated footpath. The temporary footbridge across the Den Burn will be replaced by a new culvert. A focus on ecology runs throughout the project. W M Donald has appointed Nigel Astell (Astell Associates) as ecological adviser. Nigel also acts as the liaison between W M Donald, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Aberdeen City Council.

The project has been delayed on the advice of Nigel and SNH to allow badger cubs to leave the den. Protective netting has also been erected to ensure badgers do not stray into the area where the works are taking place. Areas of grassland that will be impacted by the works were flattened prior to the bird nesting season to avoid disturbing them once the works are underway.

‘Safer Routes to School’ is a national initiative that seeks to encourage walking and cycling to school by providing safe routes. Safety is cited by parents as the principal reason they prefer to drive their children to school. The illuminated footpath will link the Bancon Homes Maidencraig development with local schools including Hazlehead Academy.