BRITAIN’S abattoirs need more contemporary styling, it has been claimed.
Leading interior designer Roy Hobbs believes the lack of visual flair at the UK’s animal processing facilities is responsible for the horsemeat affair.
Hobbs said: “Even just a few scatter cushions dotted around would brighten up most abattoirs immeasurably.
“They generally look really depressing, and when a place lacks style it has a bad energy and that reflects on the slaughtermen’s attention to detail.”
Hobbs has been working with abattoir JE Jones & Son in Huddersfield, rebranding it ‘AbaSpace’ with cool, contemporary holding pens lit by funky vintage lamps.
He said: “We’ve even built a DJ booth in the loading bay, so that the pigs and cattle can enjoy sounds ranging from trip hop to funky house.”
Abattoir worker Tom Booker, whose job is to stun pigs with electric tongs, said: “I was cynical at first but actually it’s made me really enjoy coming to work.
“The practical, blood-coloured espresso bar is a particularly nice touch.”