M.M. Miller

Civil Engineering & Utilities

MM Miller has amassed considerable civil engineering experience all over the Highlands, from complex drainage systems to large concrete works. Our local knowledge in dealing with the variable ground conditions from solid rock to peat, and even more variable weather conditions (all seasons in one day!) allows us to minimise the risks normally associated with civil engineering works in difficult environments.

With our own engineering expertise and modern high quality plant, MM Miller is well placed to meet the civil engineering and utilities challenges posed by clients with demanding requirements. MM Miller holds WIRS accreditation for laying water mains & NERS accreditation for excavating tracks and laying cables, both schemes are administered by Lloyds Register and reflect MM Miller’s capabilities in the Utilities Sector.

Civil Engineering & Utilities Projects

Other Notable Civil Engineering & Utilities Projects


Various locations throughout the Highlands

MM Miller is frequently called upon to excavate trial pits to locate existing underground services and allow Engineers to assess the existing ground conditions. We have been trusted to undertake trial pits for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, The Highland Council and Housing Developers.

Project Value:

Demolition of a Block of Flats


This project comprised the stripping out and subsequent demolition of a three storey block of flats in a residential area. The site was next to occupied houses, an old folk’s home and a block of sheltered accommodation units and all works were completed without a single complaint. We recycled the bricks from the demolition works by crushing and screening them for re-use as hardcore.

Project Value: £65K

Road Repairs at Dunnet Head

Dunnet Head, Caithness

Road Repairs at Dunnet Head in Caithness (Dunnet Head is the most northerly point on the British mainland).

Project Value: £60k

Streetscape works around the fountain in Brora

Brora, Sutherland

Project Value: £100k

Biomass boiler bases at various hospitals for NHS Highland.


Project Value: £25k

Repositioning lower ducts containing fibre-optic cables


Repositioning lower ducts containing fibre-optic cables in Dounreay. This high-risk project entailed carefully breaking away the concrete surround from the ducts, deepening the trench, lowering the ducts and encasing them in new concrete. The undertaking was a complete success, as no damage was caused to the fibre-optic cables. For good measure, our operatives were praised by the client’s Safety & Assurance teams for their good practice and good client-contractor working relationship.

Project Value:

D1209 Ventilation Project


For the D1209 Ventilation Project, MM Miller acted as civil works subcontractor and poured over 1,300m3 of concrete to form 61no. bases in very restricted locations.

Project Value: £500k

Footprint remediation of D3900


The footprint remediation of D3900 in Dounreay, which required breaking out bedrock and installing an attenuation tank with associated pump chamber, infilling a redundant pit and laying 8,500m2 of HDPE linings.

Project Value: £320k

Replacement septic tank

Portgower, Sutherland

Project Value: £55K

Mercat Cross

Dornoch, Sutherland

We had to work extremely carefully around the Mercat Cross, a scheduled ancient monument. The skills we deployed to ensure the Mercat Cross was not disturbed were transferred from an unlikely source – a Nuclear Power Station. Our experience of working carefully in proximity to sensitive equipment proved invaluable when it came to working carefully around an ancient monument!

Project Value: £20K

New pumped foul sewer in Dingwall


Project Value: £72K

Replacement sewer


Replacement sewer for Aviemore Primary School.

Project Value: £20K

Replacement of surface water sewers

Harbour Quay, Wick

Replacement of surface water sewers with pipes up to 750mm diameter in deep excavations at Harbour Quay, Wick.

Project Value: £100K

Access roads, concrete slabs, pipework and chambers

Achmelvich, Sutherland

Access roads, concrete slabs, pipework and chambers for a water treatment works in Achmelvich, Sutherland.

Project Value: £160K

Bulk excavations, pipework and duct installation


Bulk excavations, pipework and duct installation for two new reservoirs near Wick.

Project Value: £250K

Pumped sewer main replacement


All work was carried out next to a cliff edge!

Project Value: £70k

Scottish Water


We have completed many contracts for Scottish Water and their delivery partners over the years. A selection of the contracts we have been awarded follows:

Refurbishment of 5no. service reservoirs in Caithness. This involved replacing joint sealants, installing secure access covers and waterproof linings, and replacing pipework. All work was carried out in strict accordance with confined spaces working procedures, and in compliance with Scottish Water hygiene codes.

Project Value: £360k

Scottish & Southern Energy


Since 1999, we have carried out the excavation and reinstatement of over 25km of cable tracks for SSE in the far north.

Project Value:

Streetlighting Works


We have carried out civil engineering works for the Highland Council Streetlighting Dept for over eight years. The work entails excavating and reinstating cable tracks, removing old lighting columns and installing new street lighting columns.

So far we have installed over 1,000no. lighting columns as well as excavating and reinstating over 12km of tracks.

Project Value:

Site Infrastructure Works for Housing Development


Phase 1 Project value: £611k.
Phase 2 Project value: £582k.

This contract was completed over two phases. Phase One comprised construction of access roads, surfacing works, sewers, utility services, SUDS attenuation, fencing and landscaping to create 14 serviced plots. We also had to instigate traffic management during the A9 road crossing, and deal with excessive groundwater on site during construction. Phase Two comprised the creation of 28 serviced plots, and entailed gaining access through the first phase, which was partially occupied by new home owners and still had new houses under construction. We installed specific traffic and pedestrian management plans to make life easier for the new occupiers while works were carried out.

Project Value: £1.19m