The Hong-Kong headquartered hotel company Shangri-La sued its contractor for £57 million for a series of failings that led to delay in the opening of the new hotel in the Shard.
The unlucky 5 star Shangri-La in the Shard was opened almost one year later the scheduled date. That happened due to a series of problems from the side of the Irish contractor John Sisk & Son that failed to finish interior works due to numerous failings.
According to the documents submitted to the High Court, the work on the 202 guestrooms of the new hotel lasted longer than planned, and the delay estimated as much as 37 weeks behind the schedule. Some of the works done improperly include failing to remove the backing from the marble tiles. These tiles were put in the bedrooms of hotels, but due to the backing the tiles didn’t stick properly together. Another problem was with mother of pearl stones that were used as panels in washrooms. Shangri-La named those delays “critical” and asked for refund.
The claim by Shangri-La is split into several parts. As it is stated in the Building magazine, the biggest claim is for £40.2 million for changing and remaking work done by Sisk improperly, £13.6 million are asked for the delay in the opening, and extra £1.9 and £1.6 million are asked for damages and financing costs.