The Institute of Food Research's new building, the Quadram Institute, has it's frame and shows it's skeleton. At the moment the size fits in incredibly well with the similar buildings near, and adds a great deal to the range of research buildings within the Norwich Research Park. Below, the current site shows the scale of the construction, not to mention the bright lights and scale of the cranes at night on the drive past. The £81million building is scheduled to finish in 2018, and presumably the exterior will be completed in the first half of next year, with a lot of interior work to be done.
The building is to be home to around 400 scientists working towards research in food, health and the connection between them; mainly the study of gut micro-biomes. The understanding of this is likely to change the way we view a healthy diet. Naturally being on the Norwich Research Park the Institute will be working in conjunction with the UEA, John Innes Centre and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
The Institute is being constructed by Wates Construction, which signed the contract for a reported £64million. Other projects from the development arm of the Surrey-based firm include the rejuvenation of Redrock Stockport, set to open in spring 2017, alongside a host of smaller residential projects. Wates also offer services in housing maintenance and engineering amongst others.
The architects of the project are NBBJ Architects of London, however also a global level company. The firm were named as 'One of the world's top 10 most innovative architecture companies' by Fast Company, alongside having many of their projects acclaimed in recent times; stretching from a 'disaster proof hospital' in New Orleans as well as being hired by giants such as Amazon, Google and Samsung to renovate or build headquarters.
NBBJ are known for being incredibly innovative and also ruthless in finding a solution at the most common denominator for the issue at hand. So whilst there may not be many reported new technologies for the building, for sure new and stunning technology will feature in the construction in Norwich West.