Procurement could have been Fuller's Sanctum

17 August 2009
Some of you may have watched the BBC One series Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel that has been airing on Friday nights. The show concentrates on businessman Mark Fuller’s attempts to open Sanctum Soho, a boutique hotel in London with a "rock-and-roll" theme. It’s worth viewing if you are interested in how not to go about building a new hotel. Construction was a nightmare, it ended up extremely late and was millions of pounds over budget (and to be honest it didn’t exactly look fantastic when it was finished). However the programme did demonstrate how important procurement is to projects like these. As costs spiralled out of control and the delays increased, there seemed to be no impetus on behalf of the construction firm to get a move on. Obviously they didn’t go into the detail of this on the show, but I’m sure some risk sharing or some decent service level agreements in the contract would have improved this. It may not be very rock-and-roll, but it certainly makes good sense.
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