A project which improved the facilities at a church in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, is celebrating success after scooping a prestigious environmental and community award, the Biffa Awards 2013.
The ‘Heating Replacement, Dalziel St Andrew’s’ project, run by Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church, was today named winner of the ‘Community Buildings’ category for their dedicated work to improve the heating system and reduce the carbon footprint of the building in Motherwell. As a category winner they received £2,000 in prize money to further develop their project.
Administered by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award awards grants to environmental and community projects, using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Group Ltd. Each year, the people transforming their communities and improving the environment through Biffa Award projects are recognised at the Biffa Awards ceremony. This year more than 240 recently completed projects competed to win a prize in one of five categories – Recreation, Cultural Facilities, Community Buildings, Small Grants, and Rebuilding Biodiversity.
Established in 1874, Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church is a Grade B listed building in the centre of Motherwell. The Church has been transformed following a grant from Biffa Award to improve its heating systems and reduce the carbon footprint. The project, which replaced the traditional heating system and cast-iron pipes with brand new boilers and radiators, formed phase one of a larger development scheme to improve the space for the benefit of the local community.
Thanks to the tireless work of the dedicated volunteers on the Church Committee, the new heating system has led to much greater energy efficiency, an increase in room bookings, and many further developments including a new scheme to establish links between volunteer ‘Befrienders’ and isolated or lonely elderly people in the town.
This year’s Awards were held today at the ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum. The theme for the Awards was ‘Stronger Together, and sought to celebrate the people behind the projects that are helping to build and rebuild their local communities in these difficult economic times.
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. All of our projects deserve recognition for the work they do, but we are delighted for the Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church on their success at this year’s Awards. Their dedicated work is not only making a real difference to the comfort of the community who use this facility, but it has reduced the carbon footprint of the building.”