As a showcase for the future of building restoration, there are few structures to rival Somerset House. Through a combination of meticulous stonework, painstaking redecoration and their patented façade gommage® technique, London-based restoration specialists Thomann-Hanry® have restored the building’s spectacular South Wing to its original splendour.
Covid-19 is still affecting our daily lives and we are all adjusting to the new normal. New practices have been universally adopted. The regular use of hand sanitisers, social distancing, wearing face coverings are all things that were unthinkable a year ago.
Legislation has catapulted the race to achieve net zero carbon emissions to the top of the sustainability agenda. Martin Read reports on a refreshingly collaborative environment with investors, developers, agents, operators and tenants all focused on the same goal – that is, before the pandemic struck.
Social value has dominated the agenda over the past few years with Covid-19 further highlighting sustainability’s human dimension. Yet in the months immediately pre-Covid, attention was turning towards the UK’s 2050 deadline for net zero carbon emissions as the new kid on the sustainability block. Ahead of its 2020 sustainability survey report, Martin Read attended an IWFM sustainability SIG workshop to consider the topic’s shifting priorities.
More than 20 leading companies and individuals from the food service sector have joined forces to launch ‘Food Service Circle’ (FSC) - a platform aiming to offer support to those affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.