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The Hive - meet the people - Rory

With the opening of Worcestershire's latest iconic landmark just a matter of days away, all this week we have been introducing you to some of soon-to-be familiar faces under its gold cladded roof.

More than 10,000 students will soon call The Hive their new library. The shared facility, the first of its kind in Europe, will see students and members of the public studying and learning side by side. There will be no defined ‘university’ area, just as all of the University of Worcester’s books will sit on the shelves next to those of the County Council, available to the public for the first time. Of course, provision has been made to ensure students have access to the texts they need for their studies when they need them.

Among the students who will use the facility is Rory Dimond. “The Hive will not only be an incredibly useful resource base, but will be great for getting students and the local community together,” he said. “I am very excited about using The Hive. It is a building which brings together learning resources from across the City.”

As a Conservation Ecology student, Rory said he was interested in the potential relaxing outdoor study space the grounds provide, perhaps even using the garden as an educational tool.

“All the plants planted in the front garden are found in riverside habitats and are specifically native to Worcestershire,” Rory said. “It doesn’t take an Ecology student like me to see the benefits this will have to local wildlife, as well as a leisure area for local people. The City’s bats are also helped out with bat boxes installed in the side of Library Island (the stone structure at the front).”

“Overall, an astonishing amount of work has gone into the design and construction of this large building in a way that is sympathetic to the environment and the needs of the community,” he added. “The building is set to become an icon of the City of Worcester and of sustainable design. Whatever your viewpoint of its outward appearance, it will undoubtedly be a great asset for the University and the City as an information service, a comfortable study area, and a local leisure space.”
Opening on July 2, The Hive is a partnership between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council. Home to the first joint public and university library in Europe, one of the biggest children's libraries in the UK, the county's Archive and Archaeology service, the Worcestershire Hub customer contact centre, a contemporary business centre and café.