BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ Scheme and Winner of The 2013 Civic Trust Awards
The Hive is a shared facility for the City and University which houses the county archive and establishes an academic and civic educational resource.
Our landscape and public realm strategy defines a path route around the building and a series of terraces and garden rooms based on a strong narrative derived from the local landscape of the River Severn and the Malvern Hills.
- Small market terrace and library square
- Circuit includes a causeway bridge and new footbridge links to adjoining sites
- Gardens comprise a series of islands and belvederes overlooking two landform basins
- Basins contain rich local damp meadow species and act as attenuation reserves
- Alongside the basins, a series of islands are populated with species of particular local provenance, including Black Worcester Pear orchard, Black Poplar island, and the True Service Tree belvedere
- A children’s island accessible only by bridge for reading in a stimulating natural environment
- Sustainable design includes SUDS drainage, water attenuation, productive urban gardens, locally sourced materials and plant species, and careful landscape management to enhance species diversity and ecological richness