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Glasgow pupils have designs on St. Enoch Centre’s new food court

Pupils from Hillhead High School celebrated the launch of St. Enoch Centre’s new Atrium Food Court on Monday 3 April with a special design of their own, fashioned entirely from food packaging. 

The chic foodie frock worn by model and presenter Jennifer Reoch was constructed using only materials from a selection of food outlets in the new Atrium Food Court. 

The innovative design was the work of a group of nine S1, S3 and S4 pupils who spent days creating the fabulous dress, bodice, hat, shoes, handbag and even earrings, made using hundreds of bits of packaging from cups and wrappers to bags and even chopsticks from outlets including Wongs, McDonald’s, KFC and Subway. 

This isn’t the first time the Glasgow pupils have been recognised for their creative talents, having come second place out of 80 schools earlier this year at the Junk Kouture Scotland 2017 finals. 

Commenting on the design, Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “The pupils have done an incredible job creating such a beautiful outfit – it’s hard to believe it’s made using packaging. It’s been great working with the school on the launch of the new Atrium Food Court. 

“Design and colour has been of great importance in the refurbishment and the pupils brought this to life in their eye-catching creation. We are looking forward to welcoming shoppers old and new as they discover our improved layout and fantastic choice of food.” 

Ross Reid, Faculty Head of Expressive Arts at Hillhead High: “The pupils were thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project and have had a great time fashioning an outfit for the launch of St. Enoch Centre’s Atrium Food Court. It’s impressive what a team of nine pupils can create from packaging and they all loved coming up with the different design elements and putting their skills from their previous Junk Kouture projects to use. It was great for them to see their outfit in the Atrium Food Court as part of the launch celebrations.” 

St. Enoch Centre was linked with Hillhead High School by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, part of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. 

Alison McRae, Senior Director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is yet another fantastic example of a Glasgow school working successfully with a business to support the skills for the future. Congratulations to all the pupils at Hillhead High School for creating this inspiring design project using materials from the new food court, to help launch this new development for one of the biggest names in retail in the city.” 

The newly named Atrium Food Court opens following a £1.5 million-pound investment that delivers a new premium look and feel and features increased seating from 700 to 900 as well as an enhanced dining experience through a variety of seating options and electrical charging points that will enable shoppers to take full advantage of the centre’s free WIFI and an upgraded children’s play area. 

The children’s play area – which is due to be complete by the end of April – will include a buggy park, special seating and interactive play equipment. 

The Atrium’s design will contribute to St. Enoch’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by incorporating greener and more energy efficient lighting. The centre has been waste to landfill free for over six years. 

St. Enoch Centre’s food court is the biggest in Scotland, attracting over 3 million visitors annually. The refurbishment aims to attract a greater variety of visitors including city centre workers and those who frequent coffee chains. 

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