SIR
Terence Conran’s Great Eastern Hotel Company has issued legal proceedings
against construction firm John Laing, alleging late and over-budget completion
of its Great Eastern Hotel in London.

The
hotel company is seeking £18.5 million in damages and costs following a High
Court writ alleging Laing delivered the project a year late and overshot the
budget by £27 million. The 267-room hotel was completed in June 2000.