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Enterprise Centre, Norwich Research Park


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Norwich, UK University of East Anglia £16m 2015 12

Project details

This landmark project has changed the way the industry thinks about sustainable construction.

With Morgan Sindall as contractor and architects Architype, we engineered this exemplar low carbon building that achieved two of the most rigorous sustainable built environment standards.

The project is designed to achieve a 100 year lifespan and exemplifies the use of low embodied carbon materials. Use of local materials and construction was maximised to provide a low carbon building and help stimulate the local economy and traditional skills. Timber came from Thetford Forest, straw for the innovative prefabricated thatch panels from Norfolk and various low carbon building materials including wood wool internal cladding, sonaspray ceiling treatments and flint were all locally sourced and fabricated.

Probably the UK's greenest commercial building, it has set the benchmark high for future sustainable development across the globe.

BCO Awards Judges

Great work! I remember your presentation of ideas going down a storm, you certainly delivered on your idea, and it’s not often that that happens! Although your ideas were not ‘straightforward’ with respect to peripheral issues, such as the BCO, BREEAM credits, supply chain knowledge, and end user/tenant expectations, these were all addressed in a methodical way, which just goes to show that you can deliver something different, if you try.

Stuart Thompson Senior Design Manager, Construction Central


  • deliver the most sustainable building ever
  • achieve BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus Certification


  • boosting the local economy
  • an exemplar building that inspires similar highly sustainable developments around the world
  • BCO 2016 Best of the Best and national winner of the Corporate Workplace category
  • Guardian Sustainable Business Award
  • Institution of Structural Engineers Sustainability Award 2017
  • BCO National 2022 - Test of Time

Integrated services

structural engineering, environmental engineering, lighting, BREEAM assessor, inclusive design, acoustics