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A photograph of the staff dinning room at BT Central Training School, 1959, TCB 473/P 7119, ©️ BT Archives

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Researcher
Xiaojuan Pang

︎ The inspiration for this project began with the closure of Marks and Spencer’s in-store deli — The Market Place on the 18th March, in response to concerns arising from the Covid-19 break out, 5 days before national lockdown began.

︎The Market Place, only a short time ago, was a popular lunch destination for local professionals to order their lunch from. Through the lens of The Market Place, which to date still remains temporarily closed, this research explores and speculates possible solutions to the potential challenges, presented by the pandemic, affecting how people take their lunch breaks and order food in the foreseeable future. 

︎ To acknowledge the importance of The Market Place within this project, as both the point of departure and prominent case study, I decided to design the proposed innovations within the context of a practical solution for The Market Place, and branded it accordingly with its official logo; I would like to specially thank Marks & Spencer for giving me the permission to feature their branding.