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LIANZA Travelling Scholarship


The Hive – Worcester

Opened 11 July 2012.

There is so much about this project that interests me and will be very useful in the development of our new Central library.  I have just started reading all the material about it and am champing at the bit to get there and have a look around.
Key areas of interest to me

  • Floor area- it is very similar to ours and the specific allocations are of particular interest
  • The vision and mission
  • The partnership
  • The method of construction (design and build)
  • Exhibition and performance space
  • The ‘green’ features – which are interesting as they are similar  to things we have experimented with in the past but I am keen to see how these features have been developed.    Being early adopters of these things you sometimes become a little disillusioned as they don’t always work the way you expect so finding our how they have been modified and are working in other buildings is very useful.  The smart money says we should persevere with all things sustainable but making it work is still a growing art.

The key facts (straight from the website)

The project is a partnership initiative between University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council which will bring a range of services under one roof:

• A fully integrated public and University library
• Worcestershire Record Office
• Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service
• Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre

• Café and refreshment outlets

• Meeting rooms

• Exhibition and drama spaces

Winning an international award – the Bentley Be Inspired Innovation in Generative Design – in October 2009 was a great achievement, and the project was also shortlisted for Best Designed Project and Best Local Government Project Team at the national Public-Private Finance awards in April 2010.

The journey of The Hive is continual. The building is being constructed by Galliford Try.

My own comment

This building from the outside and the interior photos does not spin my wheels.  The design elements just don’t do it for me and neither does the shape and form of the exterior.  HOWEVER, I am really looking forward to learning more and getting there and having a really good look around.  I am sure it will surprise me and show itself to be a well thought out valuable community and university resources

Another cool thing – on the library website they have local accommodation links which really helps me with my planning.  A B&B for me I think, will need some social interaction by the time I have had a day away from my England family.

FINAL NOTE…as with all my posts, I am very keen to get feedback, questions and ideas on the facility I am looking at and/or the town/city.  This blog is a fact finding mission for me as well as a sharing one.