As the world gradually returns to ‘normal’, I'm delighted to say that so far HFM have survived the biggest threat to our profession - thanks mainly to the continued support from our loyal clients, Hammerson and Capital & Regional.
I would also like to thank everyone working here including our co-opted contributors for their patience and loyalty during this difficult time. The furlough scheme has certainly helped and now that we can bring people back on a flexible basis, we can fine tune our resources to meet project demands.
Another big change is to say farewell to Helen. After bringing the wonderful Edith into this world, she has decided to balance motherhood with running her own practice – we wish her the best of luck! The YellowDoor brand now has a new home and we wish her all the best for the future.
In the meantime, we have several live projects on site, and others about to go out to tender, plus some exciting prospects for large scale reuse of redundant space within shopping centres. And our resident Passivhaus designer, Joe, continues to promote low energy design for both residential and commercial projects.
Our Project Management arm, ably lead by Nigel, goes from strength to strength and has remained very busy during the crisis as clients balance the need to safeguard their staff and the public, with looking to keep projects alive.
All in all, we are in better shape than I feared we may have been at the start of the pandemic. Here’s hoping that the market continues to improve in the second half of 2020 and into 2021.