Construction work, designed to protect 800 homes and 200 businesses, will be carried out between Ness Bridge and Friars Bridge. Enabling works to divert existing utilities along the route of the flood walls was carried out between October last year and April of this year
A second phase of flood defence construction, due to go out to tender later this year, will continue the protection of homes and businesses from Friars Bridge to the river mouth. The overall scheme is due for completion by the spring of 2015.
The Highland Council’s design consultant is Mott Macdonald.
Morgan Sindall area director Neil Duncan said: “We are delighted to be working on this major improvement to the city’s flood defences. Morgan Sindall has an office in the city from where our work will be managed, and we have extensive experience of working on similarly high-profile, ambitious schemes, such as the Inverness Campus project, where the Morgan Sindall team is currently on-site.
“We are accustomed to working on challenging projects on this scale and we’re pleased to be able to use our skills and expertise to assist in protecting the city and its people.”