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New Worcester library and history centre named The Hive
New library and history centre in Worcester
Inside will be the lilbrary, records office and archaeology service

Worcester's new library and history centre has been officially named The Hive at a "Topping Out" ceremony.

Topping Out traditionally takes place when the highest point of the building is reached.

This is the distinctive roof of the new building, designed to mirror the Malvern Hills.

The £60m project is expected to be completed in 2012 - and will be protected from flood water by a new park area.

The Hive will also contain a café on the lower ground floor, a children's library, and a silent study area on the top floor.

It's the first joint public and University library in Europe, and building work began on the site in 2009.

Topping out

Unvieling a plaque
The official name of the building is revealed

It's a tradition in the building and construction industry to hold a Topping Out ceremony .

It is meant to bring good luck to the rest of the project, and to the people who use it.

The naming ceremony was attended by civic dignitaries from the city council, and the University of Worcester.




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