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Hawkins\Brown completes £12.5m UEA research building

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Hawkins\Brown has completed a new research and education building at the University of East Anglia’s Norwich campus

The £12.5 million scheme, named the Bob Champion Research and Education Building, provides a home for research into treatments for diseases affecting ageing populations, immunology and antibiotic resistance.

The building will house a unique site-wide biobank facility, alongside a 200-seat lecture theatre, seminar rooms, laboratory spaces, and open-plan offices.

The Western Red Cedar-clad scheme is arranged around a central courtyard and features an atrium and a sweeping staircase which joins both wings of the building above.

Rebecca Wharry, project architect at Hawkins\Brown, said: ‘Collaboration is at the heart of what Hawkins\Brown do. We are proud to play a part in creating fulfilling places of work and learning for people who are pioneering in their field and the BCRE project was no exception.’

Hawkins Brown UEA

Project data

Location Norwich
Type of project higher education
Client University of East Anglia
Architect Hawkins\Brown
Landscape architect BD Landscape
Structural engineer Arup, Carter Design
Services engineer Arup, Roger Parker Associates
Quantity surveyor Aecom
Building control MLM
Acoustic consultant Adrian James Acoustics
Planning consultant Bidwell
Main contractor RG Carter
Completion date March 2015
Total cost £12.5 million


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