A sight to bee-hold

Businesses in Birmingham are buzzing with intensive agriculture. Cushman & Wakefield has already kept hives at its buildings in Regent Street, London, for several years, and has now decided to extend the project to the rest of the country, including Birmingham and the Midlands.

Last year the company installed hives at a building in Temple Street, Bristol, and has harvested its first honey from them. The first Birmingham hives will be installed at the Colmore Gate office building in the city centre.

Phillip Taylor, who heads Cushman & Wakefield’s asset management team in Birmingham, said: “The honeybee population has been suffering. Despite the urban environment, bees can thrive in these locations and we can provide valuable support to our environment and natural species.

“Our tenants will be playing a valuable part in helping look after the bees, and we will be offering bee keeping training and equipment – many of our tenants in Bristol and London have taken up the opportunity.”