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.