Building Biodiversity Competition: stage one shortlist

October 21, 2021

Building Biodiversity Competition: stage one shortlist

After a wide range of entries from our onsite property teams, we are pleased to reveal the shortlist for stage one of our Building Biodiversity Competition!

As part of our #BuildingBiodiversity campaign, Workman is running a Biodiversity Challenge for all property managers to increase biodiversity, using ideas from the newly developed Workman Building Biodiversity Toolkit.

Regardless of the property type and location, indoor or outside, property managers were invited to instigate at least one of a range of initiatives, from low/no cost to those requiring significant capital.

This first stage of the competition will be awarded to the property that can demonstrate the best new biodiversity initiative.

Here is our shortlist:

The Ridings Centre in Wakefield is shortlisted for its rooftop mini allotments, which have proved to be a huge hit, growing from 14 to 24 allotments over the past year and providing ways for the centre to connect with the local community. These growing spaces have not only brought people together during a year of adversity, they have also introduced biodiversity to a previously ignored space at the NewRiver REIT plc-owned centre. All manpower, from creating a clean and safe workspace, building work, to soil and manure moving was completed by the onsite centre teams of Workman LLPAM Services Group and Bidvest Noonan during a total of 240 donated working hours.


Prospect Shopping Centre in Hull is shortlisted for its roof top garden, which was created as a peaceful haven for occupiers’ employees. Users of the garden have also been encouraged to get involved by planting herbs and flowers of their own. There is also a greenhouse for keen gardeners to grow tomatoes or other produce. At the @NewRiver REIT plc-owned centre, the onsite Workman team recognises that the healing power of gardens boost mental and physical health, and have positioned the garden as a source of wellbeing for those needing help with issues such as anxiety, bereavement and stress.


Maybird Shopping Park in Stratford upon Avon is shortlisted for its proactive development of land available at the shopping park to improve both biodiversity and opportunities for community involvement. The onsite Workman team at the Hermes-owned site as installed five bird boxes and five bat boxes strategically placed in trees, added four bug hotels, and prepared 210sqm of landscaping for perennial wildflowers, with the help of @Nurture Landscapes. The team also initiated community involvement, including a visit from Owls Class, Wilmcote Primary School, which toured the biodiversity project and learnt about the site’s beehives. Solar panels, electric vehicle charging points and LED lighting have been installed in all landlord areas.


Stay tuned for the announcement of the stage one winner at the beginning of November. 


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