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Quadram Institute for Food and Health Research

New Norwich Innovation Hub in Norfolk, England, design by NBBJ architects

Design: NBBJ architects

Quadram Institute for Food and Health Research in Norfolk

NBBJ has reached financial close on this contract for a research centre in Norwich.

23 Aug 2016

Quadram Institute for Food and Health Research Norwich, Norfolk

Designed by the London office of NBBJ, the 13,900 sqm centre will bring scientists, clinical researchers, and a healthcare clinic together under one roof.

The five-storey development creates clinical and research space to accommodate 400 scientists and clinicians and allow for 40,000 endoscopy procedures annually.

Wates Construction went on site earlier in 2016.

5 Apr 2016

Quadram Institute for Food and Health Research in Norfolk

Construction has begun on the Quadram Institute, a new innovation hub for the advancement of food and health research in Norfolk, Southeast England.

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Research teams focusing on the gut microbiome, healthy aging, food innovation, and food safety from the Institute of Food Research, the University of East Anglia, and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s gastrointestinal endoscopy facility will occupy the space. The Quadram Institute will accommodate around 300 research scientists, as well as clinicians and approximately 40,000 outpatients per year.

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The four-storey design focuses on being flexible and adaptable to future change. Lab and office spaces will be open-plan in an effort to “promote a more social work style” and “encourage collaborative working and impromptu interaction.”

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The architectural design is comprised of two distinct buildings connected by a large atrium and roof light. Office accommodation is housed in a glass, daylight-filled space with terracotta sunshades facing south”.

Building of a new £81.6m facility to house the Quadram Institute begins this month, with an anticipated opening in 2018:
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“Laboratory accommodation to the north is located in a brick-clad structure with windows to promote energy efficiency and to keep the labs at an optimum temperature. Long-format, handmade bricks reflect the natural qualities associated with local stonewall construction.”

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A glass entrance space and atrium connects the laboratory and office blocks, and additionally houses shared and public facilities, including a lecture theatre and staff restaurant. Outside, the Institute will be linked to a new pedestrian boulevard, which will become a main cross-campus link on the research park. The project is expected to be completed in February 2018.

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The Quadram Institute is a new centre for food and health research. The facility is to provide a step-change in interdisciplinary food and health research with new state-of-the-art facilities now under construction and due to be open in 2018.

Located on the Norwich Research Park, the Quadram Institute (QI) will integrate research teams from the Institute of Food Research (IFR) and the University of East Anglia (UEA)’s Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH) gastrointestinal endoscopy facility.

The initial investment of £86.1million for the Quadram Institute is being provided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) together with IFR, NNUH & UEA.

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Quadram Institute Norfolk – Building Information

Architects: NBBJ
Location: Norfolk, Southeast England, UK
Area: 13,900 sqm
Project Year: 2016-18

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Institute of Food Research

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is the only publicly funded UK research institute that focuses on the underlying science of food and health to address the global challenges of food security, diet & health, healthy ageing and food waste. It looks at the fundamental relationships between food and health, food and the gut and the sustainability of the food chain in order to further the production of safe, healthy foods.

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University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is among the top 1% of universities globally (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2014-15) and placed 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Also known for its outstanding student experience, it has achieved a Top 10 rating in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began.

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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is a 1,000 bed teaching hospital with state-of-the-art facilities which provides care to a population of approximately 800,000.

The NNUH works closely with the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to train health professionals and undertake clinical research.


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