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GVA buzzing about ecological initiative

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

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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 rooftop beehives at Brindleyplace and Calthorpe Estate’s Pebble Mill schemes in Birmingham, and 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 and will be monitored via a webcam from an ‘observation hive’ in Central Square, which will also educate visitors and workers on the estate on the importance of bees and their conservation.

GVA will also put on bee-keeping classes for workers on the estate and will provide regular updates to estate occupiers and visitors.

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 ways means of to adding value to our clients’ assets.

“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 fully 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 guy.thompson@gva.co.uk.