Young people see their creations on the decorative doors of the Broughty Ferry flood wall


Two youngsters from Broughty Ferry got a glimpse of decorative valves based on their artwork.

Martha Crosbie, 12, and Joseph Spielmann, also 12, both of Grove Academy, were among the first to see the gates, which will be part of the city’s £ 15million flood defense.

Their designs for the decorative doors were selected through a competition organized by local engineering firm McLaughlin & Harvey, which creates the Broughty Ferry flood wall.

Students from local schools were invited to participate and the winning designs were chosen from 300 entries, then sent to the manufacturers Metaltech UK, based in Dundee.

The gates will be placed at each end of the Broughty Ferry flood barrier that will run from Douglas Terrace to the RNLI station at Fisher Street.

Winning designers Joseph Spielman and Martha Crosbie, with Wattie Milne, Managing Director of Metaltech UK.

They will be used to close the trail during stormy or severe weather conditions, and will remain in the “open” position at all other times.

Installation of the decorative doors is expected to take place later this month and, for Martha’s mother Lindsay, it will mark a family tradition of public artwork in the city.

Her father, Alistair Smart – Martha’s grandfather – made the initial design of the Dundee Dragon Sculpture in the city center, which was later improved by Tony Morrow.

And Alistair also designed the Whale Teeth Sculpture at Pole Park Road.

Martha, who was a P7 student at Forthill Elementary School when she drew her entryway, says she is delighted to follow in her footsteps.

An art enthusiast herself, Martha of Broughty Ferry said: “I was really happy when I found out that my design had won and I’m delighted to see it when it’s finished.

Martha with her drawing.

“I chose to draw swans, dolphins, patterns and the castle, inspired by Broughty Ferry because I thought those are the things that are most recognizable here.”

The winner Joseph, whose gate will be placed at the opposite end of the flood defense from Martha’s, was also inspired by his surroundings.

Joseph, who was in P7 at Eastern Elementary School when he drew his picture, said: “I drew the castle.

“Most people used to draw dolphins, but for me the castle is the most iconic thing about Broughty Ferry.

“I was surprised when they said I won and was told they were going to make a gate out of it.

“Maybe they said that back then, but I didn’t know that was what was going to happen and I didn’t expect mine to win. It was very exciting.

Joseph Spielman with his drawing.

The names of Joseph and Martha will also appear on a small plaque at the doors.

Mathew Sharpe, Project Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey, said: “It’s a real achievement for the kids, it’s not too often that you get a piece of your own artwork designed for public display.

“They will brighten up the aisle and it’s good that they showcase the local idiosyncrasies.

“The reality is that they won’t be closed very often, so they are designed to be seen in the open position, when they are against the wall.”

Young people and their families were invited to Metaltech for a first glimpse of the gates, alongside Dundee City Council Town Development Committee Chairman Mark Flynn.

Wattie Milne, MD at Metaltech, said, “The kids were thrilled to see the doors. They were made on overlapping plates so they are 3D and they look great.

“We are a local business, very connected to the community, and it was a local project – it was great to be involved.”


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