Case studies

Freuchie Mill, Scotland

Customer: Kingdom Housing Association
Period: 2010-2011

Project detail

The small community of Freuchie Mill in Fife, Scotland, was devastated by flooding of the notorious culvert running through its cul-de-sac in August 2008.

More than a dozen homes were flooded, elderly residents were trapped in their homes, and in one case part of a garden collapsed, leaving a gaping hole 12 m wide.

Freuchie Flood Action Group was instrumental in subsequently bringing an overwhelming case for flood defence to the attention of Kingdom Housing Association


Scott Bennett Associates, Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers, prepared a specification for mitigation measures, including the innovative Self Closing Flood Barrier. Due to the rapid onset nature of Freuchie’s flooding history, solutions which deploy automatically were sought by the consultants. The Self Closing Flood Barrier (SCFB) provides automatic, instant reaction to imminent floods, offering optimal protection against future high water levels. The SCFB was comishioned in April 2011, and the project has been widely acclaimed as being a highly innovative solution to meet the growing needs for passive flood defence, eliminating the requirement for human intervention. Feedback: "In flood prevention and protection project terms this is a small and relatively inexpensive project that has massively improved the flood protection for three Freuchie Mill dwellings and added protection from sewer flooding to all Kingdom Housing Association properties”. John Thomson, Freuchie Flood Action Group, April 2011.