The scheme aims to protect 795 households and 188 businesses from flooding and enhance the city centre riverside setting with 4km ofembankments along both sides of the river bank.
Coffey will start by diverting utilities on both sides of the river between the Ness Bridge and Friar’s Bridge in preparation for the first phase of construction of the flood defence/streetscape scheme.
The value of this first contract, scheduled to be completed by spring 2013, is £1.5m.
The entire scheme due to be completed in 2015.
Mott MacDonald is providing the detailed design for The Highland Council on the project, following on from an earlier role as one of three flood defence framework providers to the Highland and Islands Councils in Scotland.
Mott MacDonald project manager Laurence Cload said: “Mott MacDonald’s Inverness office has championed this scheme development for the past 20 years, which together with our vast expertise and experience of working in flood risk analysis was instrumental to this successful appointment.”