The Luton Institute organised an extra special event in November -- not in Luton, but in Paris!
Members boarded the Eurostar for an interesting CPD talk on historic buildings in the heart of Paris, before visiting the renowned site of Notre Dame.
Losses of historical buildings are thankfully quite rare but usually have devasting consequences, due to the irreplaceable nature of their contents and the challenges around reinstatement of ornate dÃ©cor, due in part to the decline in skills.
John Armstrong, director of Sedgwick International UK, has 33 years' experience of handling large claims, including two IRA bombings in the City of London, the fire at Peterborough Cathedral and other severe fires at stately homes. He is an acknowledged expert in this field and gave members a fascinating insight into the difficulties involved when handling large and complex claims where properties are Grade 1 listed or church owned.
Branko Bjelobaba, vice-president of the institute, commented: "This trip was a great idea from our president, Gavin Potter of Aviva, as it enabled members to see first-hand the reinstatement of an iconic building."
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