Smithton and Culloden – Phase 4

Smithton and Culloden is a suburb of Inverness and has seen significant growth in recent times. The consequence of developing the rural landscape, combined with new urban pressures has led to increased flood risk and the frequency of flooding in the local community.


Identify sustainable flood protection measures and collaborate with the local community to design a formal flood protection scheme under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

We were appointed by the Highland Council to develop a strategic approach to urban flood risk management. The resulting flood protection scheme has been designed in collaboration with local communities to maximise the benefits to the widest sections of the community.


Use BIM to manage the design process and communicate effectively with stakeholders.

To help design collaboration, we developed the scheme in a 3D BIM environment. This enabled fly-through visualisations and photo realistic representations of the scheme, which helped early community engagement providing a more accessible means of understanding the proposed designs and impacts.


Community buy-in to flood risk management, ensuring an intelligent use of urban space combining flood risk management with opportunities for active life styles and education.

The resulting scheme includes river restoration and multi-use flood storage reservoirs making an intelligent use of urban space, by incorporating green infrastructure to promote opportunities for active life styles and education.

We are now in the process of developing the detailed design of the scheme.

Want to know more?

For more information: René Dobson or Seamus Cooney.
For more information on the use of BIM: Craig Robertson.

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