GVA buzzing about new ecological initiative

Leading real estate adviser, GVA is buzzing with anticipation as it prepares to deliver thousands of new tenants to three sites that it manages in the UK.

The company’s Property Management Consultancy team has coordinated the installation of beehives at Brindleyplace and Calthorpe Estate’s Pebble Mill schemes in Birmingham, as well as Ardstone Capital’s Ship Canal House in Manchester city centre.

The introduction of the hives is in response to declining numbers of bees in Britain and the locations will host two hives of around 40,000 honey bees (Apis Mellifera) each.

The hives are being introduced as part of a broader effort to curb the nationwide decline in bee numbers by reintroducing bees to urban areas while helping the developments to make a positive contribution to their local environments.

Alongside producing honey, pollen, wax and propolis – which have nutritional, craft, manufacturing and medical applications – bees are intrinsic in supporting the food chain, with around one third of the foods that we regularly eat reliant on pollination from bees.

In Birmingham, two hives will be installed on the roof of GVA’s Midlands headquarters at
3 Brindleyplace alongside a programme of engagement activities, including bee-keeping courses, designed to educate both visitors and workers on the importance of bees and their conservation.

Guy Thompson, Senior Director in GVA’s Property Management Consultancy, said: “We are always looking for ways to go beyond the traditional understanding of property management by finding new means of adding value to our clients’ assets. After all, property management today is as much about people and the environment as it is about buildings.

“The installation of these hives is a fantastic way for our clients to demonstrate their support of the local environment and to engage with tenants and staff on site. Bees form such an integral part of our ecology and we’re exceptionally pleased that this concept has been embraced by our clients.”

The beehives and apiary services will be provided by professional bee keepers, Nurture, with the hives due to be fully on-site and occupied by the end of June.

Brindleyplace is home to more than 28 businesses employing some 10,000 people as well as restaurants, bars and cafes, the internationally-acclaimed Ikon gallery, Crescent Theatre and National SEALIFE Centre.

For further information please contact Guy Thompson, Senior Director at GVA on 0121 609 8692 or [email protected].

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