Since it opened in 2018, The Set has been a go-to location for a good cup of coffee at Stockley Park but it does not just offer drinks and tasty treats, there is more to the building than meets the eye.
The building started life as a 20ft shipping container and was transformed into only the second café in the UK to be produced from such a container. With the onset of Covid, service has had to change slightly with management, Venci, having to offer takeaway and delivery service. As with all establishments, social distancing markers were introduced, a Perspex shield was added and we could no longer use our reusable hot drink cups.
Starting from the Top
In many ways, the building continued to prosper throughout 2020 with many environmental initiatives led by Stockley Park Estates Company Ltd (SPECL). Starting from the very top, The Set’s sedum green roof provides many benefits for the environment for not only acting as a carbon sink but also by encouraging the wildlife and biodiversity. The roof provides important microclimates for insects, birds, and other rare species, as well as improving air quality due to the filtering mechanism of the plant and substrate. The Set’s green roof filters pollutants in the atmosphere especially carbon dioxide, lowering the carbon footprint and helping to lower disease rates such as asthma. So, while we’re enjoying our morning cup of coffee, we can do so in the knowledge that the building is helping the environment.