Our job as food consultants has completed transformed from what it was 30 years ago. We are no longer masterplanning traditional food precincts marked with a ‘food court’ sign but working on creating places out of spaces including high street shopping strips, purpose-built laneways, urban markets, cafe courts and business hubs servicing hundreds of workers. One area we are seeing major developments in, an area of our work that definitely did not exist 30 years ago, is mixed-used developments - the modern solution to living, working and playing in the one place.
Turning a space into a place is about providing an area of social congregation. Food and beverage planning is imperative to this however, the design that contributes its textures and layers to the space needs to be equally as inspiring and aspirational to ensure that customers want to stay in the space and return time and time again.