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Apleona and GVA are buzzing after green award win


A project to help reverse the UK’s falling bee populations through installing urban hives on the roof of an iconic Manchester building has received a globally recognised environmental award.

Apleona and GVA received a joint Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice as part of the annual international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities. 

The Bronze level award was received after Apleona and GVA‘s Property Management Consultancy team jointly coordinated the installation of rooftop hives at Ardstone Capital’s Ship Canal House in Manchester city centre. The hives were introduced as part of a broader effort to curb the nationwide decline in bee numbers by reintroducing populations to urban areas, with the two newly installed hives hosting around 40,000 honey bees (Apis Mellifera) each.  

The hives were seen as particularly relevant for positioning on a Manchester landmark building, as the bee image has long represented Manchester’s hard-working past, especially during the Industrial revolution, and more recently it has come to represent the city’s resilience in the aftermath of the terror attacks. 

The two companies competed against more than 500 other nominations and were presented with a trophy and certificate at a prestigious presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 6th.

James Thoden van Velzen, Apleona UK and Ireland  CEO, said: “As a responsible organisation Apleona is always looking for new ways in which we can positively impact on our environment and service delivery methods and as such as we are delighted to receive this latest Green Apple Award, the twelfth time we have received such an award.“

Matthew Mears, regional director of Property Management at GVA’s Manchester office, said: “The installation of these hives is a fantastic way for us to help our clients to demonstrate their support of the local environment and to create more opportunities to engage with tenants and staff on site. Bees form an integral part of our ecology and we’re exceptionally pleased that this concept has both been embraced by our clients and recognised with this award.”

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.  

The awards are presented by The Green Organisation - an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.