French Ambassador Bernard Emié, no less, turned out to open Saint-Gobain’s new London innovation centre at 95 Great Portland St, showcasing the global construction firm’s huge range of products, including glass, British Gypsum, Ecophon and Isover among others. There’s also a library and meeting rooms which are available free to architects for private meetings, seminars or events. For more details on forthcoming events or to enquire about booking rooms, call Shalini Patel on 020 7323 6576.

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