Barwell becomes greener and greener as summer arrives

Sustainability initiatives are gathering rapid momentum at Barwell as lockdown eases, with cycle storage and bird boxes among the latest installations.

The first of the secure cycle stores will be installed this week for the dedicated use of units 50 and 81, with a mixture of secure boxes and covered racks at various locations for any park users to follow soon.

Bird boxes have gone up in the last few weeks along with hanging baskets containing colourful, insect-friendly flowers following hot on the heels of Electric Vehicle chargers at Unit 50.

There are also new bug hotels created with assistance from Aspect Maintenance Services Ltd, at Unit E7.

Bee hives and bio-diverse areas and planting are being explored along with the provision of defibrillators.

The business park recently worked with Kingston Council on facilitating a ‘pop-up’ Covid testing day which was followed up with Kingston Council providing occupiers with testing kits.

Hannah Hunter, Asset Manager at Aviva Investors, said: “The topic of sustainability has been an area of increasing focus and, whilst plans were put in motion back in 2019 to further Barwell’s credentials, events of 2020 required some of these initiatives to be reviewed and adapted.

“Some environments are more challenging than others to incorporate sustainable ways and while the steps taken at Barwell are small, all help towards respecting our environment.

“We hope the new cycle storage will give park users the incentive to swap the car for a bicycle and our bird and bug boxes on our landscaped grounds, amidst the busy A3, become a place where insects and birds can thrive.”

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