Morrison Construction

Track record of Morrison Construction has been built over generations

Any business that works in the Highlands is judged by its reputation and that is exactly why we have such a high proportion of repeat and referred business.

Based in Inverness Morrison Construction is rooted in the Highlands and is one of the nation’s leading building and civil engineering businesses – delivering more than £1 billion of public and private sector projects throughout Scotland in the past five years.

The company continues to win business across Scotland while retaining a strong local presence. Morrison Construction undertakes a range of projects from the construction of multimillion pound building and civil engineering contracts, to small works and repairs and maintenance.

Morrison has recently completed the A96 Fochabers to Mosstodloch bypass, and continues to provide local authorities with engineering solutions for roads and bridges as well as flood alleviation projects.

Current work includes a £48.5 million contract in Elgin, part of the Moray flood alleviation scheme, a key role in constructing the new Forth bridge – the biggest infrastructure project in the UK – and a £50 million contract in Shetland to provide building and civil engineering expertise for anew onshore gas plant.

In June last year residents of Rothes celebrated the official opening of the town’s £25 million flood alleviation scheme. The area had previously endured decades of misery due to the disruption and damage caused by flooding. The scheme at Rothes was the third in the programme to be completed by Morrison and follows successful works in neighbouring Lhanbryde, and an award-winning scheme at Forres. In addition to flood alleviation, Morrison Construction’s infrastructure division has expertise in marine and waterways, rail, renewable energy and water.

Morrison has also been responsible for some of the most innovative and high profile building projects in the Highlands including the Archive Center, Inverness; Maggie’s Cancer Caring Center, Inverness; Culloden Battlefield Visitor Center; and The Engineering Technology and Energy Center, Thurso.

Operations director Donald McLachlan says the heart of the company and its workforce beats strongly in the area: “Morrison Construction has been based in Inverness for more than 25 years now and originally started out in Tain in 1948. Any business that works in the Highlands is judged by its reputation and that is exactly why we have such a high proportion of repeat and referred business.

“We take great pride in having built up our track record over generations. We are committed to the area and all of our clients know, without a doubt, that we will be here for them the next time they need our services or a follow-up. Many competitors have moved in and moved out; we’re here to stay.

“Our community spirit and work ethic is part of what helps us ensure that we are financially robust. Our workforce is recruited locally and to a great extent they are also the beneficiaries of their own expertise; their children will be educated in some of the schools that we’ve built, and everyone benefits from the upgrade and refurbishment of health facilities at Raigmore Hospital or Dr Gray’s, for example.

“Everyone who works for us is a member of the public when they go home at night and they know the importance of putting their heart and soul into every contract we win. Commonly we have more than one generation of a family working for us which highlights how well respected we are as an employer.”

Morrison Construction currently has 18 apprentices and will be taking on more in August. Donald says their workforce is the company’s cornerstone: “We are continuing to invest in our staff and operations. We want to ensure that we are best placed to make the most of the economic upturn. By retaining and investing in our quality workforce we know that we have the experience, the versatility and the expertise to take on virtually any construction task.

“In the last few years we’ve built 12 new schools across the area and are currently undertaking a £57 million schools investment programme for Orkney Islands Council, created sports centers, built roads, bridges and reservoirs, installed water pipelines, and taken on large-scale wind farm production.”

The company’s culture of liaising closely with clients, and its proven ability to deliver value, led to Morrison Construction being acquired by leading housebuilding and construction company Galliford Try in 2006. It has continued to build on its enviable reputation throughout the Highlands, providing an all-round sustainable package through its building, infrastructure, and water divisions.

Many competitors have moved in and moved out; we’re here to stay

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