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'Full procurement process' to pick new Didcot contractor

RWE is undertaking a “full procurement process” to choose a new contractor to take over the demolition of Didcot A Power Station.

An RWE spokeswoman told Construction News that the process was already underway and there was no firm deadline for when a new contractor would be appointed.

Coleman and Company revealed yesterday it had been taken off the Didcot demolition contract, with RWE stating that this was due to the current ongoing investigation at the site.

The demolition specialist, which was carrying out work on the site when the boiler house collapsed in February this year, will not continue with the remaining demolition and site clearance work.

The remaining work includes the demolition of the final three cooling towers, as well as other buildings.

Coleman and Company stopped working on the site when Brown and Mason took over the recovery operation in May.

In a statement, Coleman and Company said: “Today, Coleman and Company can announce that we will not be continuing with the remaining demolition and site clearance work at Didcot A Power Station.

“We agreed with site owners RWE that this is in the best interests of all parties.

“We would like to thank RWE for their support over the last two years.

“All staff working at Didcot will be redeployed across the company, onto other major projects.”

RWE said: “Due to the current ongoing investigation at the site RWE has made the decision to end the Didcot A demolition contract with Coleman and Company.

“Coleman and Company had been working at the power station site for two years prior to the tragic incident in February this year.”

Four men died in the February collapse: Michael Collings, Chris Huxtable, Ken Cresswell and John Shaw, all employees of Coleman and Company.

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