Scottish School Meals | Cordia Brings UK’s First External American-Style Diner To Holyrood Secondary
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Cordia Brings UK’s First External American-Style Diner To Holyrood Secondary

Cordia Brings UK’s First External American-Style Diner To Holyrood Secondary

Holyrood Secondary is home to the UK’s first American-style diner for pupils to enjoy a retro

themed lunchtime experience.

Installed by Cordia (Services) LLP, the 50-seat outlet has been intricately designed to replicate

a traditional American Diner, including red faux leather booth seating, an exterior sign, stainless

steel double-doors and an original counter.


It features a vintage exterior with black and white tiled floor, serving up an American themed

menu of BBQ chicken bun, quesadillas, chilli dogs, pizzinis, mac & cheese and burritos – all of

which conform to strict Scottish Government nutritional legislation.


Pupils will be able to dine in over lunch or purchase food through an external service window

which can reduce queues as pupils can ‘grab & go’. The school can also use the space as a

meeting place for clubs and societies.


The concept was the brainchild of Cordia’s project manager Helena Hailstone and was specially

commissioned and built based on her idea.


Built over a period of six months by a two-man team, the structure is formed around a solid

5mm steel box frame with a hardwood roof covered in fibreglass.


Designed to encourage pupils to remain inside the school-gates during break periods, a huge

emphasis has been placed on comfort, style and of course, a delicious, healthy menu.

Julia McCreadie, Cordia’s Head of Encore and Facilities Management said: “This is probably

one of the most ambitious catering projects we’ve undertaken but the end result is fantastic.

“The diner looks brilliant and is an excellent addition to Holyrood’s infrastructure. Pupils can visit

it during break times, getting the true 50s experience with a contemporary menu of exciting



“We’re really pleased with how it looks and feels, but most importantly, it fulfils our overall

objectives of encouraging young people to eat healthy during the day and avoid fast-food.

“We will continue to look at new and innovative ideas for schools across Glasgow – working with

pupils, teachers and parents to drive forward these concepts.”


The Diner is the latest novel approach to catering which Cordia has undertaken in Glasgow. It

has rolled out a range of different catering facilities including an art café and external huts

–Holyrood Secondary also adopted the first facility of its type in Scotland back 2012.


Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning said: “I

love the fact that our schools are always working with our Cordia colleagues to look at

innovative ways in which to promote our nutritious an value for money school meals to pupils.

“We know that there will always be a bit of a battle for pupils to be enticed to the local fast food

outlet at lunchtime so by providing a unique and alternative space to have lunch is hopefully an

attractive prospect for Holyrood young people.”


Cordia provides school meals in all of Glasgow’s 135 primary, 30 secondary and 23 ASL

schools with all its meals adhering to Scottish Government legislation on nutrition.


To find out more about Cordia visit:


For further information please contact Tim Malseed on or

0141 333 9585

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