At-Bristol is awarded SILVER in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards!

Tue 7 February 2012

At-Bristol were last night awarded silver in the Sustainable Tourism entry of the South West Tourism Excellence Awards – a credit to one of the most sustainable buildings in the country, and were winners from a total of 350 entries overall.

Up against Little White Alice, self-catering eco homes in Cornwall, and Wheatland Farm, again self-catering eco homes, in Devon, At-Bristol was the only tourist attraction in the winners’ category of the ‘official’ tourism awards for the region, and has meant the popular science centre on the Harbourside have also been able to enter the national VisitEngland awards too.

The awards were announced last night at Torquay’s Riviera Centre, hosted by the Independent and TV Travel Writer, Simon Calder and were said by the judges to be ‘the tightest ever, with winners separated by fractions in their scores’. Judging Chairman, Alistair Handyside, commented: “These finalists represent the best of the best tourism businesses in the South West. The visitor economy is crucial to our region and these businesses are an example to all of us, to show what can be achieved in these challenging times”.

Robin Barker, Director of Services for Tourism Ltd, who coordinate the Awards on behalf of the South West Tourism Alliance, went on to add: “Five years ago the Awards judges were often comparing good with bad, but that time is well passed. Now it’s simply about who is the more excellent! I offer my congratulations to everyone involved.”

Goéry Delacôte, At-Bristol’s CEO, said today: “It’s great news that At-Bristol has won silver for its sustainability efforts. We’ve achieved a lot in the last 12 months especially, winning a number of awards for our sustainability.

He adds: “These awards don’t mean we can now rest on our laurels, but instead need to continue working towards, and being, one of the leaders in sustainability. We are already a 10:10 Campaign success story having reduced our energy reduction by 12% in 12 months, have a Gold Green Tourism Award, are a West of England Carbon Champion and have recently developed school workshops in sustainability, plus we’re also currently installing a large network of Photovoltaic panels on our roof, alongside other projects, as we endeavour to keep our emission levels as low as possible.”

Other winners representing Bristol in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards are Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and Bristol Festival of Nature in the ‘Tourism Event’ award and ss Great Britain in the ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ category. Highly commended were Bristol’s Tourist Information Centre and Harptree Court Bed and Breakfast. See www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk for full list of award winners.

At-Bristol’s sustainability facts:
• A cutting-edge low-energy building with the UK's only phase change storage tank which allows the building to be heated and cooled solely with renewable air-source heat pumps that run only on night electricity
• This revolutionary building also features CO2 controlled ventilation heat recovery, green roofs (guarded by a robotic peregrine falcon), waste baling, night purge cooling, rainwater harvesting, low-energy lighting control and a range of energy and water saving technologies
• The structure is a renovated a 1903 railway shed on a brown-field site – This Grade II listed building is one of the first examples of steel reinforced concrete in the world
• Advanced energy monitoring system – 138 sensors record electricity usage throughout the whole building 24 hours a day

To find out more information on At-Bristol see www.at-bristol.org.uk 
You can also become a fan of the science centre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/atbristolfans or follow the attraction’s latest news on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/AtBristol
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