Demolition a gas - Coleman's contract win

By Lindsay Gale10 June 2013

UK contractor Coleman & Company has recently secured a number of large contracts that sees its forward order book stand at £14 million (US$21.8 million). The latest contract win is for the demolition of natural gas storage structures in the London district of Battersea, with one of the holders standing the equivalent height of a 40 storey structure, situated just a few metres away from London’s Victoria underground railway.

According to managing director Mark Coleman: “In recent years we have focused on developing some unique skills to tackle the most challenging demolition tasks. For example, our approach to dismantling highly flammable gas holders has been recognised worldwide and this month we are presenting in Milan at the EDA (European Demolition Association) on the topic. With the property sector having such a tough time in recent years, we knew that we had to go the extra mile and offer something special to win significant projects like the Battersea one. It also means that although our revenue did dip, that our profit margin remained healthy due to the challenging contracts we secured.”

Work on the Battersea project is due to start later this year, with work expected to take 12 months to complete the job. Coleman is currently working on the demolition of two 24 storey high rise towers that are due to be brought down using controlled explosive demolition during 2013. The company is also working on the demolition of two Jaguar Land Rover contracts in Solihull and Castle Bromwich, UK.

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