Hospitality firm Bennett Hay has taken a four-year contract with The National Gallery in London to provide workplace catering for its 650 employees and contractors.
The win follows the recent completion of a purpose-built hub for National Gallery employees providing a flexible workspace to foster more collaborative working practices. The new workplace covers six floors and includes recreation facilities.
Bennett Hay’s catering operation is envisaged as a focal point for employees and gallery contractors.
The café has been conceived as a modern space to promote casual interaction among employees and a comfortable location for meetings. It will offer hot drinks, grab-and-go selections, cakes, breakfast, main meals and snacks, including healthy options such as gluten-free, vegan, halal and low-fat foods. Technology is a feature of the café, by which Bennett Hay will engage with gallery employees through social media to promote seasonal ingredients, world food days and special events.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square was founded in 1842 and houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the Western European tradition in the world including works by Caravaggio, Cézanne, Constable, Goya, Holbein, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, and Velázquez.
Zoë Watts, Bennett Hay’s business development director, said: “The new employee accommodation has been beautifully designed and constructed and gives us the opportunity to bring into play our styling and personable service levels along with food and drinks to a diverse and sophisticated guest.”
Charlotte Newton, the gallery’s business services manager, added: “Bennett Hay grasped our values and vision and we’ve cemented an excellent collaboration for our workplace hospitality. They were innovative in terms of menus and diversity of catering offerings, tech-savvy and most of all have far-reaching sustainability goals and measurements. Everyone at the gallery is looking forward to the new dedicated workplace and to having a focal point for food, drink, and social interaction.”