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Clunie Water Rock Stabilisation in Braemar

Artfarm/Fife Arms Hotel
6 weeks

Work Scope

After a small section of rock dislodged, we were approached to consult on a solution to stabilise the rock on the bank of the Clunie Water, adjacent to the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar.

While the hotel itself was only at minimal risk, there was a concern that further rock fall could lead to a dangerous situation for users of the footpath along the side of the hotel.

After extensive research, it was concluded that targeted installation of rock reinforcement dowels and an active rock fall mesh would secure the rock face in position, with a small section of dentition wall to support an overhang.

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Acting as Principal Contractor, we consulted with SEPA, EnviroCentre, and the Dee District Fisheries Board to produce a method of work that was appropriate to the sensitive environment. We then employed the services of Bell Access & Engineering to carry out the specialist installation of the dowels, netting and dentition by their IRATA-qualified rope access site team.

The chosen solution would present minimal pollution risk to the water course and while the netting is visible, it will fade over time in the sunlight and become partially hidden by vegetation. The dentition wall was constructed with concrete and faced with natural broken rocks from the previous rock fall, so the final appearance would be natural and not clash with the area's picturesque surroundings.

Working with trusted partners is an essential part of providing the highest quality of customer service and satisfaction. And so, we were also joined on this project by Cameron + Ross and Fairhurst who contributed to the contract management and scheme design.


Challenges and Result

Due to the very public nature of the site and proximity to the luxury hotel, hotel management informed the local community of the works in advance, and advised guests that there would be a fairly high level of noise generated by drilling and operations. However, remaining mindful of this and restricting our drilling hours to help mitigate any negative impacts on guests or local residents, no further action was required to avoid complaints.

Our site team and contractors worked incredibly hard to complete the works a week earlier than scheduled, which, taking place in March 2023, often meant working in snow and temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees.

The final result has put the client's mind at ease, ensuring they can continue to provide their guests with a pleasurable visit to Royal Deeside.

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