Hotel design delays Shangri-La Colombo

Design for Shangri-La's Colombo project in Sri Lanka is so complex, the operator has already announced it's behind schedule for its 2014 opening. Shangri La in January said the development in Colombo will be a multi-use development with retail facilities, luxury apartments and a 500-room luxury hotel.

It has also planned to develop a second property on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, scheduled to open in 2013.

The total investment for both projects has been estimated at $500 million, according to Reuters.

Madhu Rao, the executive director and chief financial officer of Shangri La Asia on Monday, told Reuters that the Colombo hotel project has not yet even begun. "Colombo will take another two-three months, because designs are much more complicated here," Rao told Reuters.

"It's very very complex. A lot of integration and various elements have to take place. So till we are satisfied that all the design elements come into place like we wanted, we can't start foundation work. Colombo will be 36 months from the time we start digging the ground."

Rao said the company expects to start the Hambantota project in August and complete its first phase by 2013.

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