The Barbican has set the standard for other venues after being one of the first three buildings in England to receive a ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ award in recognition of creating a clean, litter free and attractive environment for the public.
Keep Britain Tidy, an environmental charity, was impressed with the Barbican’s engagement with the public through its coloured coded recycling systems as well as the strategy for inclusion and accessibility, ensuring non-English speaking visitors can engage with the recycling programme.
The Barbican Centre, along with the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool are the first three buildings in England to be recognised for the award.
“The environment is something at the forefront of our thoughts here at the Barbican so we are really honoured to have been given this award,” said Jackie Boughton, Head of Sales at the Barbican. “Corporate social responsibility is something we take great pride in and part of that is managing litter and waste responsibly. Keep Britain Tidy campaign tirelessly to educate the next generation and eliminate litter and waste as much as possible. I hope that our success will inspire other venues to do just that.”
This isn’t the first time that the Centre has been recognised for its environmental work. The Barbican has been awarded numerous platinum Clean City awards, a Green Hero award, Green Apple award and a Best Project Material Waste Recycling Change London Award.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We are delighted to be rewarding three such high-profile locations with our first Keep Britain Tidy Awards. Our National Perceptions Survey shows just how important clean, litter-free places are to people and all three award winners have demonstrated a commitment to creating a clean environment for their visitors and customers and have proved to our judges that they are managing their litter and waste responsibly”.