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DMD collapse follows A13 problems


RECEIVERS CALLED into Cardiff-based Davies, Middleton & Davies this week confirmed that collapse of the long-established segmental bridge specialist followed problems with its A13 contract in London.

DMD worked on the £25.5M job as specialist subcontractor to Tarmac, making and erecting concrete box segments for the 1.75km long viaduct deck. The structure carries the road through the Dagenham area of east London (NCE 10 December 1998).

A spokesman for main contractor Carillion, formerly Tarmac, said it had worked in a 'quasi joint venture' with DMD on the project, handling deck precasting and erection. The work had been complex and difficult, he said, particularly because of logistics on the long site.

But he added that the tricky erection of the segmental deck using a giant moveable gantry was successful. 'They have done this kind of work many times before,' he said.

Receiver PriceWaterhouse-Coopers is likely to take up to two weeks to decide whether the 107-year-old, £36M turnover business can continue as a going concern.

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