Children enjoy sneak preview of The Hive and learn about the big ideas behind the building

Children enjoy sneak preview of The Hive and learn about the big ideas behind the building

27 March 2012

Local school children have been given a sneak preview of The Hive's sustainability features and futures uses.

Children and young people were invited to have a look around the magnificent five story building as part of an educational event to learn about sustainability, the big ideas behind the building and to take part in a series of hands on workshops and activities.

The event organised by the Learning for Sustainability Team at Worcestershire County Council included talks, tours and stalls from key players in the design and construction of the building, including Architects, Environmental Engineers and Construction Company Galliford Try, as well as other local environmental education organisations.

Included in the day was an in-depth look at how the River Severn is being used to cool the building using ingenious heat exchange systems. Natural ventilation was explored with real working models of the building and the children also enjoyed sketching their favourite views and patterns within and outside the building.

The new Archives and Archaeology team were on hand to take the children back in time to explore the history of The Hive's site including Nash's Almshouses demolished from the site in the 1970's where Worcestershire residents once lived.

Students from the University of Worcester filmed attendees in a Big Brother style 'Diary Room' where the children were asked to share their thoughts about The Hive and the day. The films will be used for further displays and promotions at The Hive and form part the student’s coursework.

Rupert Brakspear, Learning for Sustainability Officer at Worcestershire County Council said "The event was a huge success with over 110 children and teachers experiencing creative and innovative workshops to bring the sustainable features and futures uses of this building to life. We are delighted that this first public event demonstrates so clearly the potential for partnership working. The day was enjoyed by all and inspired children to explore the possibilities of futures careers linked to sustainable design and construction.

Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University, added: "It was really great to see the enthusiasm of school children and their teachers, as they learnt about all the sustainable features of the building and enjoyed the spaces inside and out. The stunning architecture really did add to the imagination and energy brought by the school students to the workshops. It was great to witness the vision coming to a reality."

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