Dome firm hires Ludgate to deal with legal crisis

Koch Hightex, the German dome-building firm which lost the Greenwich Millennium contract on 22 August, brought in Ludgate Communications last week to handle its crisis management.

Koch Hightex, the German dome-building firm which lost the

Greenwich Millennium contract on 22 August, brought in Ludgate

Communications last week to handle its crisis management.



Ludgate will brief national and local media on Koch’s decision to press

for at least pounds 2 million damages after it was ditched by the

Government in favour of Japanese company Birdair.



Koch lost the contract after the Government decided that a fibreglass

roof was required rather than a PVC one because it would last longer

than 25 years.



Ludgate’s divisional director Richard Elsen said the agency’s main

concern is protecting Koch’s reputation following the Government’s

decision. He added that the agency would be in place for the duration of

the legal proceedings.



Koch is still examining what damages it can claim. These will probably

include the cost of materials already purchased, four months’ work, loss

of profit and the cost of insurance. The contract was worth pounds 6

million and total damages could be as high as pounds 2.5 million.



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