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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Bob Champion Building in Norwich, England by Hawkins\Brown

 
April 15th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown has completed the Bob Champion Research and Education Building, the University of East Anglia’s most recent building in the Norwich Research Park.

The facilities are targeted at improving translational research in collaboration with the NHS whilst the clinical teaching areas are focused on providing authentic healthcare learning environments for the university’s medical school.

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

  • Architects: Hawkins\Brown
  • Project: Bob Champion Building
  • Location: Norwich, England
  • Photography: Gareth Gardner
  • Landscape Architect: BD Landscape
  • Structure Engineer: Arup, Carter Design
  • Services Engineer: Arup, Roger Parker Associates
  • Project Manager: Real Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor: Aecom
  • Building Control: MLM
  • Acoustics: Adrian James Acoustics
  • Planning Consultant: Bidwell
  • Main Contractor: RG Carter

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Pioneering research being undertaken in the building includes treatments for diseases affecting ageing populations, immunology and anti-biotic resistance. The building will house a unique site-wide bio-bank facility, as well as education facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The western red cedar clad building shelters a sunny south facing courtyard that looks towards the original UEA campus and NNUH. The main entrance is characterized by a generously lit atrium, animated by the building’s shared cafe at ground level and the sweeping staircase that joins both wings of the building above.

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

The project was delivered within a budget of £12.5 million. The spaces are designed to be flexible and welcoming for patients, students and community groups as well as academics and staff. The building is the first new piece of the expansion of the NRP and is key to setting a benchmark of quality for the wider masterplan.

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.”

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Further facilities include:

  • 200 seat lecture theater
  • Seminar rooms and clinical skills suites for undergraduate students
  • Laboratories, open-plan offices and technical support spaces for postgraduate students
Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown is an established architecture practice based in Clerkenwell, London.
Founded more than 25 years ago by Partners Russell Brown and Roger Hawkins, the firm works across a range of types and scale, bringing a collaborative approach to its projects.
Hawkins\Brown is currently working on a major project to transform London’s 2012 Olympic broadcast and media centre into a new digital quarter in east London, as well as three new central London Crossrail stations.
Hawkins\Brown recently opened its first international office in Chengdu, China to target overseas work, particularly in Asia. It is already working on three projects in Xindu, the biggest of which is the 300,000sq m master plan for Nordic City.
Last year Hawkins\Brown was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize for its work on the regeneration of Park Hill in Sheffield.

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

Image Courtesy © Gareth Gardner

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