East Tullos Burn Restoration

cbec was contracted by Aberdeen City Council to restore the East Tullos Burn in Torry from a hard‐engineered straightened channel into a more natural stream and associated functional floodplain.

An important design element was the creation of wetlands and associated off‐channel features to provide the same function as a Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), but in a more aesthetically pleasing and natural way. These features of the design benefit the site by improving wetland habitat, nutrient/ pollutant buffering, and enhancing hydro-morphology. Wide consultation with the local community and stakeholders was undertaken by Walking-the-Talk to gather opinion as to what the project should deliver and preferred restoration options. Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling outputs of the work were fed into the design of two final options. Construction was completed in 2014.