Norwich Research Park

Key Contacts

Jonathan Barnard

jonathan.barnard@norwichresearchpark.com

Norwich Research Park

Type

NRP North B1(b) and ancillary and complimentary. NRP South B1(b), C2/ D1 and ancillary and complimentary (B1(b)

Sector

Food and health, agrifood, industrial biotech, genomics and medtech

Project Stage

Outline planning approval granted

Overview

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.

Around 12,000 people and more than 50 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.

Businesses and research organisations at the park include:

  • The John Innes Centre, an international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology
  • The Quadram Institute, working at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health
  • The Sainsbury Laboratory, a world-leading institution in the field of plant-microbe interactions
  • Tropic Biosciences, developing new strains of tropical crops to promote grower wellbeing, enhance consumer health, and improve sustainable environmental practices
  • Colorifix, the company behind a revolutionary dyeing process to help the textile industry dramatically reduce its environmental impac

Norwich Research Park’s vision is to be recognised globally as leading research centre for life sciences, agri-tech, bio-tech, medi-tech, bioinformatics and food & health and features the work of a number of organisations that are already undertaking world-leading research in these sectors to provide real-life applications that will change the lives of people around the world.

Our world, is changing, of that there is no question. From our soil to our health, we are facing new questions that to answer them effectively will require new ways of thinking.

Some of the biggest challenges we face include how we feed a growing population, prevent and treat chronic diseases and take our planet back from the brink of irreversible climate change. At Norwich Research Park we are building a community where people can discover the resolutions to many of these issues that will benefit both the health and welfare of the global population and the economic and employment prospects for Norwich and Norfolk. 

– David Parfrey: Exec Chair Norwich Research Park

Opportunity

Norwich Research Park

Already home to scientists, researchers and businesses leading the way in health, biotech and agri-food, Norwich Research Park gives developers and businesses the chance to be part of one of Europe’s most important scientific business clusters.

The Research Park includes 25 hectares of Enterprise Zone which benefits from outline planning consent for B1(b), C2 & D1 (research and development, laboratories, high-tech and health care uses) together with ancillary and complementary uses which could include hotel, conference and leisure facilities, childcare nursery, cafés/restaurants and supporting business space.

Design and build opportunities are available within the Research Park’s outline planning permission. Occupiers can take advantage of Enterprise Zone status, which includes business rates discounts of up to £275,000 over a five-year period and fully resilient superfast broadband.

Employee Benefits:

On site nursery: Chestnut Nursery School, is the latest facility to be added to Norwich Research Park and contributes to the supportive environment on offer here for both organisations and their employees. The nursery offers 92 full day childcare places for ages 0-5 years. There are crèche facilities including a large secure outside play area and a holiday club for children up to 8 years.

Dining: The cafe space in the Norwich Research Park’s central hub ‘Centrum’ is an ideal location to meet and network with like minded businesses and organisations. The drop-in 140 seat cafe within the light and contemporary atrium offers a vibrant atmosphere to have an informal meeting, break for a coffee and cake or enjoy delicious hot and cold food from catering partners the Genuine Dining Company. Visitors to the cafe at Centrum can make use of free visitor parking and Wi-Fi. 

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