For a regular person who has never been involved in renovating a distressed or old hotel, the idea of modifying a structure like that entails repairs and fixes here and there. But in reality, old hotel renovation is not as simple as that, as what we have learned from our experience doing modifications on an old inn that was used as a location set for shooting an 007 film.
If you’re tasked to manage a renovation project to bring back a hotel to its former glory, here are some takeaways from other restoration projects that can help you achieve success.
1. Everything is hinged on project management.
As mentionedearlier, a hotel renovation doesn’t just involve fixing what needs to be fixed. It all starts with forming a solid and reliable rebuilding and restoration project team composed of the following key roles:
- Project management team (consisting of project managers, supervisors, and coordinators)
- Interior designers
- Mechanical engineer
- Plumbing consultant
- Original equipment manufacturers
- Structural consultants
- Safety consultants
- Hotel staff
As you can see, a lot of people are involved in a single hotel restoration project. It can’t move along with a key person missing. Everyone has to work their part to ensure that everything will go according to plan.
The project management team is the most critical set of people in any hotel renovation project, as they are the ones who plan, create strategies, implement, manage, and keep track of the progress. These guys should be picked and vetted carefully before hiring them because they’re the ones who are responsible for making sure that the work goes smoothly, the quality of work is sustained, and that the actions of everyone in the team are aligned with the goals of the project.
Fortunately, the project team we’ve worked with are professional and highly skilled in their respective fields, making them such as pleasure to work with.
2. The structural limitations must be considered.
Especially if the hotel is about a hundred years old, its structural integrity and other related factors can pose a lot of restrictions when it comes to renovation. You’ll waste a lot of time, effort, and brain cells thinking of restoration strategies that aren’t up to snuff with the structure of the hotel. What if the hotel is only a Grade II heritage structure? What will you do if the rooms are not uniform and feature various themes? These will present some challenges that you need to anticipate and foresee.
3. Dividing the project into phases and smaller teams can speed up its execution.
Having separate project teams working on different phases, timelines, and zones of the project will absolutely help make completion faster than when the project is implemented in a linear manner. It’s because certain aspects of the hotel require a unique set of skills—and you can’t expect every people in the project team to be knowledgeable in all aspects of hotel renovation. There’s got to be a specialization for each person in the team.
We have learned many other things from that particular restoration project, but these three are the main takeaways.