Inverness Flood Relief Channel

Posted: Wednesday 9th December 2009

AECOM has been appointed by The Highland Council to provide detailed design for the South West Inverness Flood Relief Channel.

The project will divert flood water from the south of the city reducing the flood risk to properties on the south side of Inverness. It will collect water from the south side burns and transfer it (east to west) into Holm Burn and onto the River Ness. When complete the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to around 200 homes and business.

Andy Yarde, Regional Director at AECOM said: “This is a highly complex scheme with many challenges including working within residential and recreational areas, coping with fluctuations in water levels and protecting the environment.

‘As the new flood relief channel flows through residential areas, public safety and safe access for operation and maintenance of the scheme will be paramount. AECOM has a significant track record in delivering flood schemes of this type and looks forward to working with The Highland Council’.

The overall scheme is approximately 5km long with 3-4km of newly constructed flood relief channel. The design will provide capacity for a 1 in 200 year flood event. The scheme is split intro three phases. Phase 1&2 will cover the works between the River Ness and Culduthel Channel, whilst phase 3 comprises the upstream length from Culduthel Channel to Ault na Skiah.

AECOM are also reviewing scheme designs for phases one and two before commencing on the detailed design of phase three. Work is expected to start on site in mid 2010.

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