Rocketing visitor numbers at The Hive

Droitwich Advertiser: The £60m Hive, in Worcester The £60m Hive, in Worcester

ROCKETING numbers of people are pouring into Worcester's iconic Hive - with its popularity showing no signs of a slow-down.

A new report has revealed how an extra 24,000 visits have passed through the doors over the last year, taking it to a record-breaking 744,986.

Interest in the popular 'explore the past' exhibitions has surged 57 per to 67,063 and on top of that another 9,260 new members have signed up since last March, taking it to 24,840 since opening.

The findings have been labelled "very impressive" in a Worcestershire County Council report, which says bosses are keen to increase it further.

Since opening in July 2012 a staggering 1.4 million visits have now taken place, making it one of the most popular libraries in the country.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities, said: "It's a fantastic facility, I had friends up from London on the weekend and they were amazed by it, as well as the fact it's open until 10pm.

"The breadth of what it offers, as a library, the archives and archaeology service, as a place to meet and everything else is brilliant.

"It's an ongoing project for us and as the report says, The Hive is a constantly evolving animal.

"The figures are excellent and I'm not surprised they are up. It's also a perfect example of partnership working."

Your Worcester News can reveal how the council is now intent on exploiting it as venue to do business to get a commercial return on it.

A new "enterprise workplan" has been drawn up in a bid to increase room hire and make sure The Hive is represented at commercial fairs and promoted at networking events.

The council is also now offering start-up classes on-site for people who want to launch a business, and is exploring opening it early for breakfast meetings.

On top of that, as part of The Hive's ongoing investments plans are being drawn up to improve the cafe, main entrance and Croft Road car park.

The county council says it wants to develop some kind of clear public realm space to make the car park even more closely linked with the building.

The new spending package will take another six months to put together, with further details due in September.

The Hive, which is ran in conjunction with the University of Worcester, has already won 13 national awards including Civic Building of the Year.

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6:28pm Thu 27 Mar 14

markskoda says...

The Hive is a wonderful facility spoiled by the behaviour of it's users. Anyone coming in to socialise with friends, play computer games, shout into mobile phones, discuss their sex lives and criminal convictions in a loud voice and play music through those infuriating headphones need to be segregated in a "social" area. Study and other areas need to be kept for those with serious business in there.
The Hive is a wonderful facility spoiled by the behaviour of it's users. Anyone coming in to socialise with friends, play computer games, shout into mobile phones, discuss their sex lives and criminal convictions in a loud voice and play music through those infuriating headphones need to be segregated in a "social" area. Study and other areas need to be kept for those with serious business in there. markskoda
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10:04am Mon 31 Mar 14

Izzy47 says...

I have yet to pay a visit to The Hive but I have been directed here by the Evening News after asking them if they had any photographs of The Old England pub that used to be in New Street, as I am unable to get about I am hoping to see if anything comes from this
I have yet to pay a visit to The Hive but I have been directed here by the Evening News after asking them if they had any photographs of The Old England pub that used to be in New Street, as I am unable to get about I am hoping to see if anything comes from this Izzy47
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10:22am Mon 31 Mar 14

CJH says...

Izzy47 wrote:
I have yet to pay a visit to The Hive but I have been directed here by the Evening News after asking them if they had any photographs of The Old England pub that used to be in New Street, as I am unable to get about I am hoping to see if anything comes from this
You might try a book called 'Worcester Pubs Then and Now' by Bob Blandford. There are several copies in the Worcestershire libraries. If you can't get to a library, you can always reserve it to be put on your nearest mobile library, and maybe someone could pick it up for you. I haven't read this book yet so don't know if the pub you want is in there, but it sounds interesting anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Izzy47[/bold] wrote: I have yet to pay a visit to The Hive but I have been directed here by the Evening News after asking them if they had any photographs of The Old England pub that used to be in New Street, as I am unable to get about I am hoping to see if anything comes from this[/p][/quote]You might try a book called 'Worcester Pubs Then and Now' by Bob Blandford. There are several copies in the Worcestershire libraries. If you can't get to a library, you can always reserve it to be put on your nearest mobile library, and maybe someone could pick it up for you. I haven't read this book yet so don't know if the pub you want is in there, but it sounds interesting anyway. CJH
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10:26am Mon 31 Mar 14

CJH says...

CJH wrote:
Izzy47 wrote:
I have yet to pay a visit to The Hive but I have been directed here by the Evening News after asking them if they had any photographs of The Old England pub that used to be in New Street, as I am unable to get about I am hoping to see if anything comes from this
You might try a book called 'Worcester Pubs Then and Now' by Bob Blandford. There are several copies in the Worcestershire libraries. If you can't get to a library, you can always reserve it to be put on your nearest mobile library, and maybe someone could pick it up for you. I haven't read this book yet so don't know if the pub you want is in there, but it sounds interesting anyway.
Or, the author of that book has a website so you may be able to contact him directly - ust do a search for Worcester Pubs Then and Now. Hope you find what you're looking for.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Izzy47[/bold] wrote: I have yet to pay a visit to The Hive but I have been directed here by the Evening News after asking them if they had any photographs of The Old England pub that used to be in New Street, as I am unable to get about I am hoping to see if anything comes from this[/p][/quote]You might try a book called 'Worcester Pubs Then and Now' by Bob Blandford. There are several copies in the Worcestershire libraries. If you can't get to a library, you can always reserve it to be put on your nearest mobile library, and maybe someone could pick it up for you. I haven't read this book yet so don't know if the pub you want is in there, but it sounds interesting anyway.[/p][/quote]Or, the author of that book has a website so you may be able to contact him directly - ust do a search for Worcester Pubs Then and Now. Hope you find what you're looking for. CJH
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