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Morgan Sindall wins £11.5 million Norwich Research Park Centrum development

Morgan Sindall has won an £11.5 million contract to construct the principal commercial research and development building at Norwich Research Park.

The design and build contract will see the Morgan Sindall team construct the new Centrum building. The four-storey building will provide 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 provide a platform to enable the business community to interact with researchers on the Norwich Research Park.

Alan Giles, Project Director - Norwich Research Park, said “We are pleased to award Morgan Sindall this contract after a rigorous OJEU tender process. This is an important milestone in the development of the Research Park and the Centrum building will be the focal point for business and research to come together.

“Centrum will provide additional commercial laboratory and office accommodation for more established companies wishing to locate to Norwich Research Park. For companies already on the Park, it will provide them with the grow-on space in which to further expand their business.”

The development forms a key part of ‘Project 26′, which refers to the £26 million funding awarded through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in the 2011 Government Budget. The funding has been awarded to Norwich Research Park to improve the Park’s IT infrastructure, road network and provide new flagship buildings.

The Centrum development will be located centrally on the Norwich Research Park adjacent to the existing Recreation Centre and Conference Centre on the John Innes Centre site. It will provide a hub for the local science and business community, and will also facilitate collaboration amongst the Research Park’s occupants.

The project is due to complete in March 2014 and will see around 80 people from the local area working on site at the peak of construction. The development is on track to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of Excellent.

Gavin Napper, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to this landmark project. The Centrum building is key to the wider development of the Norwich Research Park and we are looking forward to being a part of this exciting and ambitious redevelopment plan.

“Morgan Sindall is well versed in constructing specialist research facilities and we will bring this knowledge to bear on the Centrum project. The new building will provide researchers with world-leading facilities, while also providing contemporary office and social space, which will help to facilitate engagement between the science and business communities.”

Morgan Sindall has recently been awarded a multi-million contract to construct the highly sustainable Norwich Research Park Enterprise Centre on the University of East Anglia campus. The company is also constructing a £26 million centre of excellence for neuroscience research at King’s College London, and has recently completed a £12.6 million development at the University of Leicester’s new Cardiovascular Research Centre at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital.

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. The Park has one of Europe's largest single-site concentrations of research in agri-food, health and environmental sciences.


Pictured: An artist's impression of the Centrum building

For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email