Bee on a hand

Keeping bees alive

Keeping bees alive


We have been keeping bees at our Canberra office since 2013.

What began as a fun sustainability initiative has grown into something that produces honey gifts for clients, inspires sustainable design, and even created the name for our company intranet, Hive.

In March 2017, we were honoured to assist with the installation of beehives at Australian Parliament House where Aurecon’s Cormac Farrell, Senior Environmental Specialist, plays the role of Parliamentary Bee Keeper.

honey bee

Parliament abuzz

The arrival of beehives at the Australian Parliament House had everyone abuzz. Aurecon’s Cormac Farrell will play the role of Parliamentary Bee Keeper.

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Honey as a gift for clients

From unique gifts to indigenous connections

One of the key drivers behind the project was finding a way to recognise and thank our local clients, many of who are in government and unable to accept ‘traditional’ gifts such as tickets to events. The solution has been our ‘Office Buzz’ honey, which is collected and harvested at our Canberra office and provided as a thank you to our clients nationwide.

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Garden on a roof

Greening city rooftops

We are still trying to find a permanent home for our office hives and, while we have a few good options in the works, it has highlighted the challenges presented by legacy building designs.

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