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Building Biodiversity logo

Building Biodiversity logo

Building Biodiversity logo

Building Biodiversity logo

Building biodiversity in a bid for a better world. Because the true value of nature cannot be overstated.

Biodiversity is not an optional extra. Without biodiversity, there is no life. What’s more, it has the potential to support the global economy.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, finding ways to increase urban resilience while improving the lives and wellbeing of urban residents will be critical to boosting economic confidence.

A focus on biodiversity in the built environment could create more than $3 trillion in business opportunities and 117 million jobs globally by 2030 according to the World Economic Forum.

This is why Workman has developed Building Biodiversity, our bid to increase biodiversity within the property development industry, and the reason we are championing urban nature by partnering with The Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project.

Why Workman supports the Urban Nature Project

  • Workman: a force for urban nature

Workman is proud to be partnering with the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project (UNP) which champions urban nature in the built environment. Through this innovative capital redevelopment and national programme, Workman and the Natural History Museum will protect urban nature and encourage an appreciation of sustainability and biodiversity.

  • Building biodiversity to reach a more sustainable future

ESG is embedded in Workman’s business and mirrors the Museum’s ambitions to build a more sustainable future, where both people and the planet thrive. In joining forces, we are uniquely positioned to communicate the urgent state of biodiversity in the UK.

  • Re-engage people with nature on their doorsteps

Towns and cities are rapidly becoming where people experience nature; more than 80% of the UK’s population lives in urban areas, rising to 90% by 2030. By embracing sustainable practice across the managed portfolio and in our building-consultancy projects, Workman can safeguard the future of biodiversity.

Building Biodiversity: A Timeline

It’s all about money in the climate fight

May 2015
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UN agrees new goals

September 2015
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The Paris Agreement is adopted

December 2015
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Paris Climate Pact signed by 175 countries

April 2016
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Donald Trump wins US presidential election

November 2016
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United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

June 2017
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Progress towards implementation of Paris Agreement

November 2017
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Emissions need to be further reduced, says IPCC

October 2018
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Wildlife populations declined by 60%, says WWF

November 2018
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US clean-up event organised

April 2019
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Greta Thunberg sails into Climate Action Summit

August 2019
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Climate strike comes to London

September 2019
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Power to the nation with wind turbines

October 2019
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Socially and environmentally responsible investing booms

December 2019
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London’s Natural History Museum announces Urban Nature Project

April 2020
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Workman teams creates Falkirk garden

April 2020
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Workman launches Net Zero Asset Plan

May 2020
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Planning permission for Urban Nature Project granted

October 2020
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Biden’s U-turn in US environmental policy

November 2020
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Wildlife populations declined by 68%, says WWF

December 2020
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Global climate summit set for Earth Day 2021

April 2021
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Construction for the Urban Nature Project begins

Autumn 2021
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UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow

November 2021
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Construction for Urban Nature Project continues in east garden

Spring 2022
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Newly designed Natural History Museum gardens open

Summer 2023
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Workman celebrates 40th anniversary at Natural History Museum

December 2023
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