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The Hive children's library

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The Hive at night

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The Hive external view

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The Hive internal view

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The Hive internal view

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Floor plan Level 3 and 4

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Floor plan Level 2

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Floor plan Level 1

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Floor plan Level 0



The Hive is Europe's first fully integrated, jointly funded university and public library in a GBP60m 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 cafe..

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 would not 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.


Civic Building of the Year Award, SCALA, November 2013, , 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 GBP5m) 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.

The Hive recently triumphed in the SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) Library Design Awards 2016, winning the Development over 2,000 sqm category.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Regional library


12500 m2




Fielden Clegg Bradley

Building contractor

Galliford Try

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Provision of special materials, Services to particular groups, Sound and image processing facilities, Specialist subject collections

External features

Shared site, Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Landscaping, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Heating, Structural factors, Ventilation, Water use

Accessibility provision

Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Feilden Clegg Bradley

Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors

Services and facilities suppliers

Talis Ltd, SGP, Bibliotheca (formerly Intellident)

IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 250

Seats/study places