The Hive Building, Worcester Library, Worcestershire Architecture, Design

The Hive Worcester : New Library Building

Architectural Development in west England design by FCB Studios, UK

17 + 14 Jun 2013

The Hive in Worcester

The Hive – Award News

RIBA National Award Winner – 13 Jun 2013

The Hive Worcester
photograph © Hufton+Crow

RIBA Awards 2013

The Hive Worcester
photograph © Hufton+Crow

2 Jul 2012

The Hive Worcester Award

BREEAM Outstanding Award

Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Last week Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios received confirmation from BRE that The Hive, which opened today, has achieved BREEAM Outstanding in its post construction assessment, with a score of 86.4%. The building design includes natural ventilation, thermal mass, daylighting, a biomass boiler and heat rejection to the River Severn.

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This is the first project by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to achieve BREEAM Outstanding.

The Hive came out of a groundbreaking partnership development to create a fully integrated public and university library, which is completely new to the UK and highly innovative internationally. The Hive also includes the county archives and record office, a local history centre, the county’s archaeology service and a multi-agency customer service centre.

The Hive is a cultural, learning and information centre of excellence promoting lifelong learning, engendering social inclusion and raising aspirations in the broadest sense for the whole community, regardless of age, background, or ability.

The certificate will be presented to the Queen when she officially opens the Hive on July 11.

The Hive Worcester Library images / information from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

11 Apr 2012

The Hive Worcester Library

UK’s first purpose-built joint-use library to open in July

Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The Hive which will open in July is the UK’s first purpose-built joint-use library serving the University of Worcester and the county that incorporates the county archive, a local history centre, accommodation for the County Archaeologist’s team and a ‘one stop shop’ for the local authority: It’s a pioneering response to the challenge of providing a wide range of public services in an age of austerity whilst promoting social and environmental sustainability.

The distinctive form is a response to the project partners’ aspirations to create a beacon for learning in the city centre, a counterpoint to the Cathedral on the edge of the floodplain to the River Severn. The Hive forms part of a new city block which incorporates an accessible route connecting the city centre, via the top of the medieval city wall, to the new Castle Street University campus – it is designed to entice passers by to come in and explore.

Sustainability was a high priority throughout: The Hive maximises daylight and natural ventilation via the seven iconic roof cones that echo the undulating ridgeline of the Malverns and the historic kilns of the Royal Worcester pottery. Water from the river Severn provides peak cooling and locally sources biomass provides heating. The building is designed to adapt to climate change predicted by UK-CIP to 2050. It has an A rated Energy Performance Certificate and confirmation is awaited on whether it has met or exceeded the requirement to achieve BREEAM Excellent.

The roof structure was designed using award-winning software developed for the project which allowed the form to be constructed from solid laminated timber: This generated a saving of more than 2000 tonnes of CO2 compared to the initial design in steel and concrete.

The exterior is clad in a scaley carapace of copper alloy. Inside the palette of concrete and ash is animated by colours drawn from the palette used by Royal Worcester.

The development includes extensive new public realm with both hard landscape (using locally sourced Forrest of Dean Pennant) and planting which draws on indigenous species to create a new and rich habitat for wildlife.

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The Hive, which was procured via a PFI process, is a testament to teamwork; from the inspiration of the Project Partners who identified the opportunity to create a generous new public facility to the creativity of the design team and the tenacity of the contractors it demonstrates that by sharing a vision and pulling in the same direction the UK construction industry can deliver extraordinary buildings.

The Hive Worcester – Building Information

Vital Statistics
1.34 ha site
12,371m2 gross external area
£29.7m total construction ex vat, fees, external works and FF+E £2400/m2
15.8 CO2/m2/yr
4.3m3/m2 at 50 Pa air tightness
40% GGBFS in cement

Client: University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Structural Engineer: Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd/ Atelier One
M&E Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
Planning Supervisor: Arcadis AYH
Landscape Consultant: Grant Associates
Contractor: Galliford Try Construction
Cladding Consultant: Montresor Partnership
Fire Consultant: Exova Warringtonfire
Access Consultant: All Clear Designs

Images: Copyright Hufton & Crow

The Hive Worcester Library images / information from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Feilden Clegg Bradley

Location: Worcester, England, UK

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