Project at a Glance

Project at a Glance

The first fully integrated Public and University Library and so much more – all under one amazing roof.

Situated in landscaped surroundings a stone’s throw from the University’s new city campus, the centre will add a stunning new chapter to the story of the city which gave us the world’s oldest newspaper, Elgar and Royal Worcester.

And there is something for everyone...

Housing the University and Public Library services in a fully integrated way with the amazing variety of collections being open to all. Part of the offering is a magical children’s library with spaces to get creative; a Heritage Trail to explore and a huge range of books, CDs and DVDs to enjoy.

Over 26,000 records of historic sites and buildings and 12 miles of original documents to discover. The history of Worcestershire from after the last Ice Age to the present day brought to life using the latest technologies.

The Worcestershire Hub is the first point of contact for council services across Worcestershire. The existing Worcester Customer Service Centre, based in Orchard House on Farrier Street, will relocate to the centre. Visitors will be able to get information and advice about a wide range of council services, either by speaking to one of the Hub’s friendly and experienced advisors or by using public computers and payment kiosks to manage their own enquiry. The Hub will also be working with other agencies to offer on-site surgeries for customers.

Students and staff will be able to find a space that suits their study needs from group work to individual silent research. Full wireless coverage and over 250 desk-top computers are available, with experienced staff on-hand to help and advise everyone on using the extensive digital and print resources.

Situated in a convenient central location with picturesque surroundings the centre makes an ideal place to meet friends and family for a cup of coffee and slice of cake, maybe visiting the exhibitions and events that are taking place whilst there.

From PhDs to a child’s first school project the resources available in the centre will enrich and inform all levels of research activity opening up new avenues and ideas as the individual’s journey of discovery unfolds.

Learn formally, informally, gain a new skill or just for fun. The ethos at the centre is that learning never stops and there is something for everyone whatever their age or background. WiFi, a quarter of a million books, journals, DVDs and music collections all play their part in making learning truly something for everyone.

The key facts

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. View the Final Business Case.

10 key aims of The Hive







-Enduring Values




Follow the link for a detailed timeline of the project' s background:

The Story So Far
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