24 May 2010

i would like to eat lunch here.

If school meals were served in well-designed and good-looking spaces - could this encourage healthy eating and improve the well-being of students?That was the theory behind a pilot project of The School Food Trust, a government body in the UK chaired by Michelin-starred chef, writer and entrepreneur, Prue Leith.

In one of their pilot projects the trust began by working with students to gain an understanding of the importance of the lunchtime environment. After their research had been completed the Applemore College Canteen was redesigned on a tight budget and transformed into a well talked about eatery and hang-out space among the students.
the new 'cafeteria' was designed by architects SHH, the 4,000-square-foot interior has a relaxed cafeteria feel with areas zoned for eating and for casual hanging-out. The rooms features include hanging graphic panels which help absorb noise, and an industrial feel and striped motif inspired by Manchester's popular Hacienda club.

This pilot project proves that well-designed and suitably equipped kitchens and dining areas are solid investments for the future and contribute significantly to the whole school approach to healthy lifestyles and to the overall success of the school,”says Barbara Roberts, Delivery Manager at The Trust.

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