27.09.2018

NWCH contractors are buzzing for ‘Bee in the City’

NWCH Framework partner, Willmott Dixon, flew into action to proudly support Manchester’s spectacular Bee in the City art event, in collaboration with Wild in Art and Manchester City Council.

One of the biggest public art events the city has ever seen, Manchester’s Bee in the City trail – saw a colony of more than 100 giant Bee sculptures wing its way to the streets of the city this summer. The trail focuses on Manchester’s artistic community and encourages local people and visitors to explore the sights and sounds of the city.

With plans for the event all in place before the summer, organisers Wild in Art, reached out to NWCH for support to wing the bees to their plinths around the city. Willmott Dixon, along with ISG and BAM, quickly offered its support and the team worked tirelessly to make sure the hive were cleaned and found their new homes. The roll-out across the city took place across the weekend of 21st/22nd July 2018.

In addition to helping coordinate the event, Willmott Dixon sponsored its own unique bee named Crown Jewels, which was housed in Manchester Art Gallery and created by Manchester based jewellery designer, Ambrin.

The bee represented the city’s proud heritage of involvement in the suffragette movement. Willmott Dixon also celebrated its own commitment to making the construction industry a more equal and diverse place to work.

During a special #WeLoveMCR charity week across its Manchester offices and sites, Willmott Dixon’s teams held an array of fundraising including a Design a Bee Competition for our staff’s children, Bee-Pong, We Love MCR quiz and the Bee Spotting challenge. All the events were in aid of the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s #WeLoveMCR charity, established to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester people.

Just last weekend, as the Bee in the City event came to a close, the team was back on the road, helping to reunite all the bees in one warehouse. The bees will now be prepared for a special Farewell Weekend from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre. Many will then be auctioned off on October 17th at the Velodrome to raise money for the We Love MCR Charity.

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