The Garden Museum in London and National Museums Liverpool are celebrating scooping the first ever Sustainability Award at the M&H Show 2012.
North Yorkshire-based heritage design consultancy PLB, which sponsored the new award, congratulated the two project teams at the ceremony, held at London’s historic 8 Northumberland staterooms last night.
The new Sustainability Award rewards the project that best demonstrates a successful balance of environmental, economic and/or social benefits through its approach and results. It is one of 11 categories in the Museums & Heritage Awards, which are all geared towards promoting excellence in the heritage and culture sector and recognising the achievements of a wide range of projects.
The judging panel was looking for overall outcome, creativity and cost effectiveness in relation to project objectives and, in the end, couldn't separate the achievements of the two projects.
From Left to Right: Sarah Oswald, Janet Dugdale, Jessica Turtle, Jamie McCall.
The winners were chosen from a short list of five UK projects, including Durham Heritage Coast Partnership, The Dudson Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
National Museums Liverpool's Janet Dugdale said: "We are delighted that PLB has sponsored this sustainability award, recognising and supporting the long term work by the museums in environmental, economic and social sustainability that benefits our visitors."
Sharon Granville, Executive Director of the Museum of Liverpool project said: “This is such an important award for the Museum of Liverpool, and one which we are very proud to receive. As the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than 100 years, we wanted to make sure it is also one of the greenest.
“Prior to opening in July 2011 the building achieved an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate. The Award for Sustainability from Museums & Heritage definitely highlights the Museum of Liverpool as a landmark public project in this sector.”
Jessica Turtle, Museum Manager at the Garden Museum said: “The Garden Museum team is absolutely delighted to receive the first M&H award in sustainability. For a small independent museum, this award means an immense amount and we would also like to pay tribute to the sector.
“Over the last 18 months, whilst developing and delivering the Sustainability traineeship, we have been inspired by the drive for more sustainable economic, social and environmental practice to be found in colleagues and peers at all levels across the Museums and Heritage sector in response to the challenges we are all facing.”
Sarah Oswald, projects director at PLB, said: “This is the first time PLB has sponsored an award of this scale and it was exciting for us to see such an excellent field of candidates. The fact that, in the end, the judges selected two winners shows the great work that is being done to make heritage projects sustainable.
"Our congratulations go to National Museums Liverpool and The Garden Museum, who are both great examples of sustainability working in practice.”
PLB creative director, Jamie McCall, added: “Although we are the award sponsor, we have no influence or involvement in the short listing and judging process. So we were as surprised and delighted as the winners to discover they had won this year.
“Since launching our green design initiative in 2011 at M&H Show we have been developing our understanding and experience of sustainable design. For us, promoting and supporting this Sustainability Award is a key way of recognising and encouraging best practice in the sector.”
Posted 18th May 2012
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