Whirlwind brings unwanted Christmas present

One of our clients, a construction company specialising in building hotels, restaurants and pubs, completed the build of a hotel in Suffolk for a large, well-known chain. The quality of their work was always excellent and their first-class reputation helped them win major contracts.

The completion of this particular hotel was in the period between Christmas and New Year when the area experienced a freak weather incident. A violent whirlwind (unusual in the UK) swept across the area and ripped away half the hotel’s roof. The exceptional weather conditions were so extreme that they were featured on the BBC news.

At the time we were acting on behalf of the construction company, with others acting for the owners of the property. Due to the time of year, the property owner’s insurers and the brokers were unavailable.

Fortunately for the construction company, Bromwall were on site on New Year’s Eve to meet the client and we arranged for a loss adjuster to attend.

Our investigations showed that hand over and practical completion on the property had been achieved just five hours before the whirlwind hit! Our main aim was to get the buildings insurers to accept liability and not the contractor’s policy belonging to our client. This took some negotiating due to the slim time frame from practical completion time. Eventually, the buildings’ insurers accepted responsibility and paid the claim. This saved our client approximately £350,000.

A subsequent investigation proved that there was no defect whatsoever in the build. Our client was finally awarded the contract to repair the roof!

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