In addition to the long-term value development of our real estate funds, we also always aim to give a sustainable direction to our properties to the benefit of the environment and society. This also includes small regional projects such as our bee colony in Luxembourg. Together with a local beekeeper, we have succeeded in establishing beehives in the Atrium Park Business Park, a building complex managed by Deka Immobilien in the Bertrange area. The initiative is part of a larger outdoor planting project at the site. The bee colony is thriving thanks to the appropriate care provided by the beekeeper.
“It's a great feeling to be involved in such a project, to contribute to a healthy ecosystem together and to provide our tenants with organic honey from our own region.”
The ever-increasing sprawl of our cities inevitably leads to less green spaces and thus a loss of habitat for flora and fauna. Many cities and municipalities are counteracting this development through various measures. Requirements for outdoor facilities are becoming more important, roofs are increasingly being greened, tree planting initiatives are being launched. This is how a cooperation with a local beekeeper was established at the Atrium Business Park in Luxembourg. Beehives were settled here in order to contribute to environmental protection and at the same time to win the business park tenants as bee sponsors.
The Edge building, being part of the Deka Immobilien portfolio, shows that the pursuit of a lively and collaborative working environment can be combined successfully with the achievement of the highest sustainability standards. The green space separating the building from the nearby motorway is home to bees, bats as well as insect hotels, and also serves as an ecological corridor for animals to safely cross the area. In terms of energy efficiency, innovative technology and environmentally conscious design, this office building has set new standards and was awarded as “Outstanding” according to BREEAM.More about "The Edge"
The extensive area around the Atrium Business Park buildings was greened in 2019/2020 with approximately 10,000 bee-friendly plants. Now that bees are already part of the tenant picture at many of Deka's property locations, the Atrium Business Park 2020 has become home to two bee colonies with over 50,000 bees, which now go about their daily business here.
To fill a jar of honey, the bees must visit five million flowers. On average, these two colonies yield an annual sweet reward of about 100 jars honey of 250 g each.
The Atrium Business Park scores with numerous other sustainability features. Since 2017, our asset management team has continuously managed to maintain a BREEAM In-Use Excellent certification and to further improve the score. In addition to good properties in the areas of “health and well-being” and “energy", the building complex particularly stands out for its connections to local public transport and good waste management. In conversion and renovation projects, attention is also paid to the use of environmentally friendly materials and the installation of energy-efficient technology.
The comprehensive planting project and the bee settlement address
this UN goal in particular.