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  • Writer's pictureKay Quillan

The Wallace Collection Restaurant Re-design

Large restaurant with glass ceiling and pink walls. Rattan backed chairs with leatherette upholstery and Norock tables.

Situated in central London, The Wallace Collection is a free national museum displaying a wide range of works of art in an historic London townhouse. The vast collection was acquired in the 18th and 19th centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford and bequeathed to the public by Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess.

During the 2020 pandemic, when the gallery was closed to the public, a major programme of renovation and redecoration was carried out. The gallery reopened to the public in June 2021, but the work has continued with the recent upgrade of the restaurant area. Sodexo Live! provide the catering services for the Wallace Collection. They’re committed to an excellent standard of service, warm hospitality and producing lovely food and drink, including their signature Afternoon Tea. Restoring the restaurant environment, Sodexo Live! aimed to create a space befitting its setting at the heart of the prestigious Wallace Collection. Ply supported designers, 442 Design, to source and install tables, chairs and sofas for the space. Timber framed chairs and rattan sofas were selected for the courtyard style restaurant. With natural, earthy tones and COM leatherette for seating, the furniture complements the plaster-coloured walls and tiled, stone floor. Ingenious self-stabilising tables from NoRock were added as the perfect solution for a busy restaurant area.

Key to the success of the restaurant re-design project was limiting downtime of the restaurant service. Alongside our sustainable moves division, Bureau Move, Ply project managed the clearance of the unwanted furniture and replacement of the new over a two-day period.

A sustainable solution for the clearance furniture was important to the Wallace Collection to ensure nothing was sent to landfill. Bureau Move provide a circular solution with inventory finding an appropriate home with Bureau Move’s charity partners or being recycled.

Bureau Move offer full transparency on carbon emissions from the service provided and supply a carbon report at the end of the project. This helps clients with their Scope 3 carbon accounting. THE TOTAL WEIGHT OF FURNITURE THAT WAS CLEARED WAS:

Avoided emissions due to recycling for this job (vs. landfill) was 3.4 tonnes CO2e.

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