Didcot Power station owners confirm they'll demolish collapsed building - three men still missing

The site of the collapsed building at Didcot A

The owners of Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire have confirmed that they are to demolish a building which collapsed on the site four months ago, trapping four workers inside it. Three workers are still missing, one man's body has been found.

The company says the boiler house building is still unstable and the safest way to recover the men is to demolish the remaining structure. It is likely that remote operated vehicles will be used to carry out the demolition, because it would limit the further risk to life.

Managers said they have now received the detailed design for the robotic demolition option and are reviewing it along with independent experts this week. Then the plan will be submitted to the Health & Safety Executive.

In its statement the firm continued:

"We understand that the time taken to recover the families’ loved ones is deeply upsetting. We are in close contact with them, providing information and regular updates. Our priority remains the recovery of the missing men and we are doing everything that is within our power to ensure it is progressed as fast and safely as possible."