From the oceans of the world to the mountains of Switzerland. A personalised hotel experience.

Our client, one of the world’s premium yacht charter operators with a fleet of more than 300 yachts in 9 countries, and with decades of experience in the management and rental industry, has taken the logical next step of offering its customers a new destination – this time on dry land. Saas-Fee, a resort development consisting of approximately 60 hotel-serviced apartment suites, will mark the first of many hotel resorts for the group. The hotel-serviced apartment model is attractive to both real estate owners and hotel guests seeking a more personalised experience during their vacation.

  • Development Studies
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Client Navigare Hotel Resorts
  • Duration 2022 - 2025
  • Budget Confidential

Project Phases

Design development

When Silveroc took over the project management role, things were stuck. There were objections to the building permit from private parties and political interests, communication between stakeholders was held up due to cultural differences, language barriers and misunderstandings, and the team of architects and engineers lacked clear direction. Once appointed, we defined an action plan, prioritising key factors to get the project back on track. Communication with all parties was rapidly restored and regular updates implemented. Detailed technical due diligence was carried out on the plans and submitted planning application, and the project team was partly restructured, brought up to speed on the action plan, and briefed in detail on next steps.

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The architect, interior designer, engineers and consultants refine the concept design into a detailed developed design. This can often involve mock-up rooms. We ensure the design, specifications and budget conform to the project brief, help the client evaluate the design development and draft comments, keep the project schedule up to date, provide update reports, and review and approve professional fee invoices prior to payment by the client.

Planning application

Owing to deficiencies in the submitted planning application, the client, Silveroc and newly-appointed architect decided to retract it. A new one was created, modified in favour of the project and in line with various stakeholders’ prerogatives. Elaborate pre-consultation with authorities and political parties was carried out, to ensure minimal risk of objection to the renewed planning application. The project modifications were undertaken after a detailed due diligence process and the appointment of specialist consultants working in the hospitality, food and beverage markets. One out of two permits has been granted, while the second permit is in the process of being obtained.

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The planning application is made. Depending on the project, this can be a simple application to the respective authorities or a more intricate process that involves various expert opinions and preliminary approvals from other authorities and political parties prior to application. In this phase we closely monitor all processes and communication between the project team, authorities, political parties and neighbours, and pay particular attention to the public relations and communication strategy.

Tender, tender return analysis and contract award

In progress.

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For simple projects, tender and procurement can be conducted using the design plans of phase 32. For larger, more complex and in particular hospitality projects, where general contracting might be envisioned, we always recommend conducting the tender and procurement phase after the detail design. For each trade and work we tender, we select a minimum of three contractors. Once we receive the tender returns, we analyse each offer and prepare an offer comparison. We then shortlist 2-3 contractors and hold negotiation rounds. Next, we review our offer comparison according to the negotiations, and prepare our recommendation to the client. Once agreed, we prepare the relevant contracts in consultation with the project lawyers, and finalise the contract award and appointment.

Detail design

In progress.

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The architect, interior designer, engineers and consultants develop the detail design. Using the latest technology, they create the necessary plans and document packages. We ensure the design, specifications and budget are in line with the project brief, help the client evaluate the detail design and draft comments, keep the project schedule up to date, provide regular reports, and review and approve professional fee invoices prior to payment by the client.


Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

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Construction starts. Depending on the strategy (general contractor versus individual contractors), we manage the contractors with daily on- and off-site visits. During this phase and under our leadership, engineers and other consultants also have certain designated construction management roles. We make daily site visits, ensure that progress is in line with the approved schedule, that construction is according to plans, and that costs are according to budget. We review and approve all professional fees and contractor invoices prior to payment by the client, to make sure that construction carried out is in line with contracted terms and services. For larger and more complex projects, such as hotels and resorts, we start the tender and procurement processes for FF&E and OS&E.

Handover and closeout

Stay tuned.

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We manage the handover and closeout process. We carry out detailed site reviews for each work category – MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing), joinery, paintwork and so on, and produce a detailed snags list. We then oversee the snags work to ensure that everything is remedied to the required specifications and quality standards. We ensure the client receives all “as built” construction documents and plans, as well as maintenance manuals and guides. We make sure the handover is properly carried out, as befits the type and complexity of the project.