Sarah McQueen is a Hero - December 7th 2014

Sarah McQueen is Marketing Manager for Searcys the Gherkin and (along with GM Danny Kaljee) is in charge of the Top of the Building’s event calendar.  So to hold The Gherkin Challenge the NSPCC need both the 30 St Mary Axe Management’s support for the stair climb itself and for Searcys to donate the top of the building. The 30SMA team have already generously said yes and Searcys had offered dates in March, April and July but they were too soon, too near Easter and too-in-the-middle-of-the-Summer. September would be ideal but this is the start of the busy period for Searcys The Gherkin where their space is booked solidly until the end of December – and they already give two days for the Open House London weekend at the end of the month. What to do? I decide to plead! Sarah, Danny and I are all parents* and it only took a few minutes thinking about the work of the NSPCC for Sarah to agree to donate the top of the building space for September 7th. This is fantastic!! Sarah, thank you, thank you  – you are a hero!

 

*Not that you have to be parents to appreciate the vital work of the NSPCC!

The Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC 2014 will be on September 7th 2014. Should it be held again in future years the aim is to hold it in the spring. 

Sarah McQueen

Framed ‘Gherkin Guide’ in The Gherkin - November 26th 2013

Another Gherkin Milestone! Today a framed picture of Baizdon's Gherkin Guide went on permanent display in the Searcys art gallery at the top of the building. (On the 38th floor of the Gherkin there is a glass walkway with the view on one side and an art gallery on the other. Of course the pictures have stiff competition from the view but there has been some stunning art on display and every three months a new exhibition goes up.) Beneath the picture there is a recommendation for my Gherkin Talks as Searcys expert on the building, which is just fantastic. I am beside myself with joy and pride! ‘You are grinning like a small child’ one of the staff told me '50% child, 50% businesswoman.’ I replied, still grinning.

 

Massive thanks to Yana Revenko from Searcys for the idea and to GM Danny Kaljee for approving it. Brilliant framing by Chris from Soho Framers - I had no idea there would be so many different coloured steels to choose from for the frame or that the non-reflective glass would be so key. 

Baizdon's Gherkin Guide goes on permanent display at the top of the Gherkin   

Baizdon's Gherkin Guide goes on permanent display at the top of the Gherkin

 

Grinning like a child - or  "50% child, 50% businesswoman"   

Grinning like a child - or  "50% child, 50% businesswoman"