The Norwich Medical School’s vision to become a world-leader in clinical research and teaching has moved a step closer with the opening of the Bob Champion Research and Education Building.
The big idea
We worked very intensely with the University of East Anglia, the Hospital and the Contractor. R.G. Carter to deliver a new 4,500m sq building in under 12 months from planning to handover. All this was achieved without a loss of quality and as excellent value for money by pro-active team working throughout the team.
The building is the first ‘landmark’ building for the Norwich Research Park. It combines a high-tech interior (for medical research practice and teaching) with exterior images of timber clad, rural barns. The design reflects its unique location on the edge of the city looking out across the fields of the Green Belt.
“This exciting partnership will provide our future workforce the opportunity to learn in the same environment as world class research and will undoubtedly support the implementation of the resulting medical discoveries and treatments in the future.”
Prof Krishna Sethia Medical Director, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Trust
Working from the inside out
The aim of the design is to unite the clinical, academic and research requirements for teaching medical students under one roof. Laboratories, clinical spaces, seminar rooms, a large lecture theatre and offices are all housed in a warm spacious interior with spectacular views out across the fields of East Anglia.
Mustard, heather and corn coloured upholstery fabrics compliment the timber cladding and bespoke joinery. While the clinical and lab areas have cooler palettes of greens and blues. Reference is made to some of the medical research taking place in the building with a pattern derived from microscopic bone structures being used in the atrium cladding.
“We’re very excited by the prospect of the work that will be carried out within the Bob Champion Research and Education Building. This is a great step forward for our research programmes.”