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Prestige Scotland wins £12m contract at Edinburgh's botanic gardens

02 September 2009 by
Prestige Scotland wins £12m contract at Edinburgh's botanic gardens

Prestige Scotland has been awarded a £12m catering contract at the new eco-friendly John Hope Gateway visitor facility which opens in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE) in October.

The caterer, a division of Sodexo Prestige, will manage services at the new 120-seat day visitor restaurant and 40-seat VIP room. Both are part of a £15.7m development project designed according to principles of green construction and sustainability.

In the evening, the venue will turn into an event space with views overlooking the Biodiversity Garden.

Photos have been released of the venue interior and can be found in the news gallery on Table Talk.

As part of the five-year contract Prestige Scotland will be implementing a variety of environmentally friendly and healthy eating initiatives at RBGE.

These include sourcing food locally where possible; ensuring the use of only biodegradable packaging; and organising educational programmes for children to teach them about the importance and benefits of a healthy, balanced diet.

Alyson Cawley, managing director of Prestige Scotland, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh at such an exciting time. This unique new venue gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of our catering and hospitality expertise from afternoon teas to fine dining events."

The Garden currently receives around 660,000 visitors each year and hosts over 700 annual events. The new restaurant facilities will be used as a corporate and private venue for up to 190 guests.

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