- Kieran Foster, Kieran Foster
- 81.26 cubic metre(s)
- United Kingdom (St Helens)
The largest insect hotel / house is 81.26 m³ (2869.66 ft³), achieved by Kieran Foster and De La Salle School (both UK), in St Helens, UK, on 20 May 2020.
De La Salle have been working hard towards gaining Eco-school status. As the school has a large site with a brook flowing through near one of its sports fields, they wanted to add to this wildlife corridor and so decided to try and construct the world's largest insect hotel!
The planning and construction of the insect hotel took approximately 9 months, not helped by the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 and the wet winter beforehand.
They now have no idea how many insects are currently living in the structure, but have spotted wood boring beetles, millipedes, centipedes, ants, bees, and woodlice. The structure has become the focal point for the school's next stage in developing the school site. They plan on also installing a large pond, reedbed and hedgerows. There is also enough space to grow the insect hotel to over 100 m³ in future.
When asked what being a Guinness World Records title holder would mean to them, their response was: "Being the world record holders would mean the world to us. Many of our year 11 pupils helped with the construction and they have now left. It will be something they can treasure for years to come. As far as we know we will be the only school in our town with a Guinness World Records title."
The school has now also managed to achieve Eco-school status!