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Southbank Centre shortlisted for a national award
05 June 2014

A world-famous arts centre on the south bank of the Thames has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2014 Biffa Awards; a ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities through Biffa Award funded projects.


The Southbank Centre will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Recreation’ category, and receive a £2,000 prize.


The centre received £43,475 in funding from Biffa Award to establish the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof garden; a new green recreation space for the benefit of thousands of people in London, and a skills development opportunity for vulnerable communities. The facility is made up of three main areas; an orchard lawn, a wildflower meadow, and raised beds for the growth of vegetables and edible flowers.


The Biffa Awards 2014 will be held on October 9 at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.  All of the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the enthusiasm and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to creating positive change within their community and the environment.


Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 260 projects eligible to enter the awards under the five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.


Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £2,000, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2014, receiving a further £1,000 prize.


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to reward and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded.  A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a tremendous achievement in itself.  Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”