Boosting biodiversity at Barn Elms

Our Thames Tideway Tunnel team have created London’s largest artificial insect nesting structure, known as a bug hotel.

Located at our Barn Elms site in London, the bug hotel has been integrated into a newly built kiosk that houses crucial mechanical and electrical components responsible for managing the West Putney storm relief combined sewer overflow.

The outer walls of the kiosk are constructed from biodiversity friendly materials, including stone and timber, to provide a range of safe places for a variety of invertebrates to hide, hibernate or reproduce.

The placement and orientation of the kiosk was thoughtfully planned to optimise opportunities for a diverse range of invertebrates that enhance ecosystem processes such as pollination and enrich the food chain for bats, birds and other species.