Worcester is a town of roughly 100,000 people to the north of Gloucester. Much like Gloucester, it has a long history and a present which is seeing some significant changes.
We went up there to check out two local features – Gheluvelt Park and The Hive.
Gheluvelt Park is a memorial park built in honour of those lost during the First World War and has recently won a £1.4 Million Lottery grant to improve the facilities, including a new war memorial, playground and water play feature.
The second part of the trip was a presentation and viewing of The Hive – a combined University of Worcester and City Library facility, designed by Stirling Prize winning architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects (FCBS).
The extremely vibrant and dazzling exterior is contrasted inside with a more subtle and plain design which I feel is appropriate for the library use. The shape of the building was the result of a pure approach to the building’s heating and cooling, with the turrets chimneys enabling an efficient passive cooling system to operate. Although there is a reference in the name ‘The Hive’ there apparently wasn’t a connection to a bee hive, which is a bit of a shame : )
This building is already on the 50-strong long-list for this years Stirling Prize and it’ll be interesting to see where it finishes, if it makes the short-list.