Competition launched to construct a 'luxury hotel' for bees

A competition to build a hotel for bees has been launched by British Land and the City of London Corporation.

Beyond the Hive 2010 will coincide with the London Festival of Architecture and the Year of Biodiversity to promote ecologically sustainable habitats for bees in the City of London.

Participants are invited to submit proposals for a five-star hotel for bees by 7 May, to be judged by a panel of experts. A shortlist of five will be chosen and the teams will be invited to construct their designs at public gardens across the city.

The designs will be on show on 7-18 June at the Square Mile, St Dunstan's-in-the-East near the Tower of London, Bunhill Fields in City Road, West Smithfield by St Bart's Hospital, Postman's Park near St Paul's and Cleary Garden.

Awards will be given to two designs - one voted by the public and one picked by the panel, which includes CABE chairman and World Architecture Festival programme director Paul Finch, Buglife brownfield officer Sarah Henshall, British Land head of planning Adrian Penfold, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners director Graham Stirk and City of London planning officer Peter Wynne Rees.

Penfold said: "We anticipate this will stir the industry to put forward innovative solutions and make their hotel the place where all the bugs want to stay." City of London director of open spaces Sue Ireland added: "These structures will encourage renewed interest in the biodiversity of city gardens."

- Entry forms and further information can be found at www.britishland.com/beyondthehive


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