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Mott MacDonald to investigate Kier school canopy collapse

Contractor could fit the bill for late opening of £35m academy

Telford and Wrekin Council has commissioned Mott MacDonald to investigate the causes of a canopy collapse which occurred as Kier Moss was building the Abraham Darby Academy last month.

The council has warned the contractor will foot the bill if, as it now expects, the handover date is delayed beyond the January deadline.

Five men were hospitalised by the incident on 25 August.

The Health and Safety Executive is conducting a concurrent investigation.

Construction work is expected to recommence on 26 September.

A council statement said it now expects the academy to make the move from the existing building to the new one later in 2012.

It said the school had been nearing completion when the incident happened.

Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, Councillor Paul Watling said the incident had been a “bit of a shock”.

“It is disappointing that the academy’s move will be delayed but in the circumstances it is unavoidable as the delay means that the building will not be finished on time,” he said.

“A definite date for the academy’s move will be identified as soon possible but this is a process that will not be rushed.”

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