Worcester's iconic Hive building has been described as a 'world class facility' by a Government Minister following a recent visit.
John Glen MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, toured the building and was impressed by what he saw. He was in the county to take in what the city has to offer culturally.
Reported by the Worcester News, he said: “I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve seen. The Hive is a unique collaboration between the local authority and the University to provide a world-class facility. What I’ve seen here at the Cathedral shows a real dynamism and desire to develop it and there is a real community of volunteers and enthusiasts.”
After his turn around The Hive, he moved on to Worcester Cathedral and Grade 1 listed St Swithun’s church.
He said: “I’ve been in this job for six months now and I’ve visited many places around the country and I think it’s clear that different places have different narratives, different stories to tell that suit each place.
“Worcester is a fantastic place and has a blend of real assets which appeal to all generations.”
Worcestershire County Councillor Lucy Hodgson agrees : “Worcestershire has rich history and we now know it's even older than we previously thought. The city has as many historic and black and white buildings as more well-known destination like York or Bath, which is a World Heritage Site. Alongside this we also offer a vibrant and exciting cultural scene and plenty to offer tourists with a wide range of interests. The Hive is a great example of where we have been able to offer an excellent quality service that appeals to both locals and residents, as well as students and visitors."
Viewed from the banks of the River Severn, The Hive joins an impressive skyline amongst historic and modern architecture. It makes a proud and ambitious statement, but that is what's expected of a world class city. In 2017, The Hive celebrated its fifth anniversary and looks set to continue be a prominent feature of the city for many years to come.