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The Bob Champion Education & Research Building

A benchmark building for a pioneering research park

In partnership with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the building brings together clinicians, academics, researchers, and medical students, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, setting the tone for development in Norwich Research Park.

The building is split organizationally and physically. One wing is dedicated to laboratory research into ways of improving patient care, along with a 200-seat lecture theatre. Here you’ll also find a unique biobank facility to store DNA and tissue samples.

The other wing provides clinical teaching and learning spaces including simulated hospital settings for the University’s medical school.

Between the two is the social heart of the building – a generously lit atrium looking out on to a sunny south facing courtyard – complete with a public, ground floor café, a sweeping staircase, and spectacular views.

Further break out and social spaces punctuate every floor and provide fertile ground for chance meetings, discussions, listening and learning. An opportunity for people from all disciplines, along with visitors, to come together.

With its prefabricated, modular timber cladding and a saw-cut roof profile, the building sits comfortably within its farmland surroundings on the Norwich Research Park, in warm and welcome contrast to the more familiar appearance of clinical research facilities.

Project details

Project name: The Bob Champion Education & Research Building

Location: Norwich, UK

Service: Design for Manufacture & Assembly

Value: £20M – £50M

Scope: Architecture, Interior design

Clients: University of East Anglia Estates and Buildings Division , Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust , R G Carter Limited

Status: Complete

Completion date: 2014

Contractor: R. G. Carter Ltd

Project manager: Real Consulting

Quantity surveyor: Aecom

Structural engineers: Arup

Service engineers: Arup

Sustainability advisors: Arup

Landscape architects: BD Landscape


RIBA Awards 2016
National Award - Winner

RIBA Awards 2016
East Regional Award - Winner

South Norfolk Design Awards 2015
Design of New Building - Winner

If you want to know more about our education and research work, contact Julia Roberts

If you want to know more about our healthcare work, contact Ewan Graham