Senior lecturer praised for innovative design that helps declining bee population

A special brick which can provide a home for the declining bee population has won a national award.

Well done to Kate Christman, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and co-founder of Green&Blue, who won a public vote to select the Soil Association’s Innovation Award winner.

The bee brick was praised by judges for the way it repurposes a regular building material in such an innovative way and for the potential it has to be used in a wide range of building projects.

Each brick provides 18 cavities that are moulded part way into the brick to ensure bees cannot enter the building. Once they lay eggs, the rest of the hole is filled by the bee using mud or chewed up vegetation.

Kate said: “We’re really excited to win a brilliant accolade from such a well respected organization. Providing habitats for the next generation of pollinating bee species is vitally important and winning this award gives us real credence when we launch the bee brick to the commercial sector.”

Well done Kate!

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