The Hive achieves BREEAM Outstanding!

29 June 2012

Today The Hive in Worcester has been awarded the BREEAM Outstanding rating with a score of 86.4%.

This is the second Max Fordham project to achieve the rating, which is the highest environmental standard for best practice in sustainable design from the UK Building Research Establishment. 

The building has also achieved a 50% reduction in carbon emissions below Building Regulations.

The Hive is a new, fully integrated, joint library for Worcestershire County Council and University. It will also include the county archives and history centre, the county archaeology service and a centre for council services.  

Max Fordham delivered the environmental strategy and building services design, which includes natural ventilation, thermal mass, daylighting, a biomass boiler and river water cooling and heat rejection to the River Severn. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios served as the architect on the project.