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NRP Centrum Building

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Morgan Sindall


R H Partnership

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Building Services Design

A new building for a world-leading research park



The Norwich Research Park is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, and four independent research centres: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, the Sainsbury Laboratory and the Genome Analysis Centre. By creating the Centrum building, the Park aimed to provide researchers with additional world-leading facilities.



The client targeted a low energy building that would incorporate the latest sustainable technology and endorse the Park’s status as one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in agri-food, health and environmental sciences.



We provided the full M&E design for the building including energy efficient lighting systems, Ground Source Heat Pumps, a sophisticated extract system and fume cupboard complete with a complex control system, DALI lighting controls utilising presence and absence detection and manual retractive switching.



We helped create a four-storey building that achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent and provides 4,000 sq m of high quality facilities including laboratory and office space, a business centre and formal and informal meeting rooms. The Centrum building will also include a restaurant and café, a breakout area and exhibition and circulation space. These social and formal spaces will facilitate engagement between the science and business communities.