The University of East Anglia in Norwich, England will soon be home to one of the greenest buildings ever created in the United Kingdom. The new £8M Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre will serve as a gateway for the university and will house offices, classrooms, meeting areas, and a large lecture hall. The NRP Enterprise Centre will aim to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus Certification, which means that the low-carbon building will need very little energy and will be constructed using a range of sustainable building strategies.
The NRP Enterprise Centre was designed by London-based Architype working in collaboration with several great engineering, planning and construction companies whose combined expertise will work towards meeting the building’s low carbon aims. The UK’s leading property consultant, Bidwells, has teamed up with construction company Morgan Sindall and UEA to submit the application for the development. The planning of the NRP Enterprise Centre is yet another example of UEA’s leadership in creating innovative architecture in response to climate change and the global environment.
The design of the Enterprise Centre is steeped in local materials. Materials will include Thetford timber, Norfolk straw, lime, hemp, and flint, which all will be sourced from local businesses and craftsmen. The hope is to reinvigorate the green construction industry through the exemplary success of this building. This way the local economy around Norwich will also grow through this innovation.
The Enterprise Centre is designed around an entrance courtyard with building wings to the north and the south. The design’s program includes new green business start-ups, which will work side-by-side with the classroom components to provide education through experience. Even the exhibition garden to the south has a testing pavilion, which will be used to test new construction advances. Ultimately, the facility will be a hub for innovative low-carbon thinking!