Ella May Barnes building

Key Contacts

Tech Corridor



New £5m state-of-the-art laboratories and workspace at Norwich Research Park


Life science, Food and Health science

Project Stage

Complete and ready for new tenants


The new 19,000 sq ft building has been named in honour of Dr Ella May Barnes OBE who, in the 1970s, was a leading microbiologist at the Norwich Food Research Institute, now the Quadram Institute.

Today’s worldwide research into antibiotic resistance and food poisoning can be traced back to her discoveries. Dr Barnes subsequently worked on developing pioneering processes in commercial poultry production which encouraged a healthy microbiome in chicks that inhibited the growth of Salmonella, helping to make poultry products safer. Since then Norwich’s reputation has grown, and it is now a global centre of research into ways of combating food poisoning and antibiotic resistance.



The £5m Ella May Barnes building, provides state-of-the-art laboratories and workspace at Norwich Research Park, is designed to attract and provide space for organisations interested in joining the region’s growing food, life and health knowledge economy.

South Norfolk Council has invested £2.75m in the 19,000 sq ft building and more than £550,000 towards the road infrastructure to open up the Enterprise Zone. New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has contributed £2.5m towards the building and £1.5m towards the road infrastructure work.

Set in over 230 hectares of parkland, Norwich Research Park is a thriving business and research community located on the edge of Norwich next to the world-renowned University of East Anglia.

It brings together four independent world-leading research institutes; the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory, together with the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Around 12,000 people and more than 150 businesses are already working on the site. The Park has an exceptional range of offices and research facilities including laboratories, bio-imaging/repository, chemical and environmental analysis, clinical test trails facilities and genomics services.