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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university, public
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution The Hive / University of Worcester
3 Address The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB
4 Phone / Fax / Email 01905 822866
((General Enquiries):,
(Booking Enquiries):
5 Name of the director of the library Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services, Judith Keene, University Librarian and Assistant Director of Information and Learning Services, Janine Downes, Hive Library Manager
6 Contact person for enquiries Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 23334 [as up until 20th November 2013]
8 Number of full time students 8102
9 Number of part time students 1789
10 Number of staff in institution 1784 [including hourly paid teaching staff, temp staff, and student temps]
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 2960 sq. metres
12 Number of reader seats 537
13 Total capacity of shelving 4774 linear metres [approx. 150,000 volumes]
14 …in open access storage 3516 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 1248 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 49 [48.91 FTE]
17 Opening hours to the public 86.5 days per week (Term), 42 days per week (Vacation)

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Feildon Clegg Bradley
19 Project Architect Jo Wright, Partner Studio Leader
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The Hive is Europe’s first fully integrated, jointly funded university and public library in a £60m landmark building within a city regeneration zone, offering a new model of shared services.

It is an innovative partnership between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council bringing together books, documents, archives, digital technology and services from both organisations. It also houses one of the country’s largest children’s libraries, council customer services, meeting rooms, study areas and a café.

The vision for the Hive is to inspire people into learning, creating a democratic, civic space with fundamental principles of inclusion and access. It is a regional hub for education, research, business and cultural experiences, attracting people who have not traditionally enrolled in a library: to raise aspirations, and forge links between the university, people and organisations.

The resources of the University and public library are available to all; use of space and collections is defined by what you want to do, not by who you are. Public library non-fiction is shelved alongside university texts; study spaces and computers are shared; teenagers and children do their homework alongside university students writing assignments.

The superb WCC archive and archaeology collections are easily accessible by everyone, and are attracting new audiences to history and heritage.

A proportion users of The Hive are from low-income families, without a record of educational achievement. It is by design that the outstanding children’s library is adjacent to the council customer service centre, attracting those families who wouldn’t normally use a library.

The historic role of a public library as a place of educational opportunity for those unable to afford a formal education is redefined through our joint university and public library in a way that offers a model of inclusion and access for others.
c special features
22 Site doplnit z word dotazníku
23 Architecture The irregular plan form of the Hive is a response to its site, its aspect and orientation and the future construction of an embracing wrap of commercial accommodation which will frame the new ramped pedestrian street. The roofs and walls of the iconic form are clad in copper alloy with a plinth of locally sourced Forrest of Dean Pennant stone. The in situ concrete structure (incorporating 40% cement replacement) supports a series of ring beams at eaves level which are topped by the seven irregular timber cones which provide daylight and exhaust natural ventilation throughout the deep plan via a series of atria. Air intake at the perimeter and via an earth cooled duct, is designed to provide excellent air quality throughout. Windows, as part of the aluminium curtain walling system, frame views across the River Severn to the Malvern Hills beyond. Reduction of CO2 and energy use was central to the brief with a target of 50% CO2 reduction compared to regulations. The Hive is design to adapt to climate change as predicted by the UK Climate Impact Programme to 2050. Biomass is used for heating and river water is used for cooling via pipes embedded in the concrete slabs. The Hive was the first library in the UK to achieve BREEAM Outstanding with a score of 86.4% and has won a number of significant sustainability awards.

The Hive is designed to be accessible to all users regardless of physical and mental impairment. It incorporates a comprehensive personal care suite enabling even users with the most severe physical constraints to make use of the building’s facilities.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 12500 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 10500 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual N/A, distributed throughout public spaces
27 Computers
28 Special collections unknown
29 Seminar room(s) 8 rooms (excluding the studio)
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space N/A
31 Lecture hall N/A
32 Public refreshments Café and vending machines
33 Administration and staff areas 2000 sq. metres
34 Closed access stacks unknown
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. unknown
36 Further information 5 levels
37 Number of reader seats (total) 800
divided into
38 Audiovisual N/A
39 Computers 400
40 Seminar room(s) 80 – 100 depending on layout (excluding the studio)
41 Regular 300
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 250000 volumes [excluding the Archive]
43 Open access stacks N/A
44 Closed access stacks unknown
45 Compact shelving unknown
46 Audiovisual materials unknown
47 Other unknown
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 52 [library only]
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning doplnit z word dotazníku
50 Heating doplnit z word dotazníku
51 Lighting doplnit z word dotazníku
52 Acoustics doplnit z word dotazníku
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 2 lifts
54 Book transportation system N/A
55 Theft detection RFID
56 Building management system yes
57 Type of IT infrastructure WAN (Internet) Connection: 1Gb. LAN: 10Gb, Backbone1Gb available to desktop, CAT 6E cabling throughout. WiFi available throughout the building.
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief Design brief developed prior to the PFI process by University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.
60 Architectural competition The Architectural competition (in this case a competitive dialogue) ran from October 2007 to February 2009
61 Period of project
62 Opening of the construction work January 2010
63 Conclusion of the construction January 2012
64 Furnishing and moving the collections
65 Opening of the new building for public Opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth 2 in July 2012 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site N/A
67 Building N/A
68 Furniture and equipment N/A
69 Fees N/A
70 Total 73000000 euro [Includes land purchases, project team costs, Archaeology, moving etc, construction, does not include the running costs of the building etc.]
71 Operating costs N/A
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) HEFCE, PFI Credits, AWM

Publications & Awards

BCI (Building Construction Industry) Sustainability Award October 2013
Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award, June 2013
RIBA (Royal National Institute of British Architects) National Award, June 2013
RIBA West Midlands Award, June 2013
RICS Awards West Midlands The Award for Design and Innovation, May 2013
RICS Awards West Midlands The Community Benefit Award, May 2013
Building Magazine Sustainable Project of the Year. The Hive, Max Fordham and Feildon Clegg Bradley Studios, April 2013
Civic Trust Award – FCB, March 2013
Guardian University Award contribution to the local community through The Hive, February 2013
CIBSE New Build Project of the Year (value above £5m) – FCB, February 2013
South Worcestershire Building Control – Building Excellence Award, 2012
Post Tensioned Society Awards Building of the Year, 2012
UK winner Public Private Partnership Awards – Best Sustainability Project, May 2012
West Midlands Regional Planning Award, 2012
Bentley Be Inspired: Infrastructure Best Practices Symposium and Awards – Innovation in Generative Design, October 2009

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