A purpose-built research and training centre for cleaning up nuclear industry sites, thought to be the first of its kind in Britain, is set to open.
Dounreay is being decommissioned
The creation of the facility near Thurso, Caithness, was driven by the decommissioning of Dounreay.
Higher education institute UHI and local company JGC Engineering Technical Services are involved with the centre.
It will research and develop new ways of dismantling nuclear sites and disposing of radioactive waste.
The building will also house an arm of JGC, which develops and tests equipment for use in the clean-up of Dounreay.
Dr George Reeves, director of UHI's Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Centre, said students' research would also be relevant to the safe clearing of defunct chemical and oil and gas plants both on and offshore.
Nine PhD students will be the first to study at the centre.