Highlands & Islands

Highland Quality Construction in administration

New bridge put into place on A80
Image caption HQC has worked on some major road building projects

One of the Highlands' biggest civil engineering and construction companies has gone into administration.

Inverness-based Highland Quality Construction (HQC), which specialises in road building, had an annual turnover of £20m.

It has been involved in major contracts throughout Scotland, including upgrading the A9 and the M80.

It is understood that the company had been awaiting payment for work on a major road project.

HQC's directors resigned last Thursday and an administrator was appointed on Friday.

No-one could be contacted at the firm's Lotland Street Premises in Inverness.

On Monday night lorries and other heavy machinery could be seen which had been stripped of their distinctive HQC logos.

As well as road contracts, HQC operates businesses in shipping, quarrying, recycling and plant hire.

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