The En­ter­prise Cen­tre

EDP Norfolk - - County Life -

The Univer­sity of East Anglia, Earl­ham Road, Nor­wich

When was it built? The new gate­way build­ing to the Univer­sity of East Anglia cam­pus was opened in 2015. What was it built for? The con­cept is a green busi­ness hub, for en­trepreneur­s, in­no­va­tors and busi­nesses com­mit­ted to build­ing a low car­bon fu­ture. There is also space for ex­hi­bi­tions and con­fer­ences, a roof-top ter­race, 300-seat lec­ture theatre, and a board­room with beau­ti­ful views over Earl­ham Park. It’s spe­cial be­cause... It has been called the green­est com­mer­cial build­ing in Bri­tain and has won awards for its ar­chi­tec­ture and en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials. It com­bines nat­u­ral and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als with cut­ting edge con­struc­tion tech­niques. There are walls made of thatch and the univer­sity’s re­cy­cled 1960 lab benches, and other ma­te­ri­als in­clude re­cy­cled lo­cal oak, reed, clay, net­tle, hemp and flint. What’s it like work­ing here? Michael Stiff, from Michael Stiff An­i­ma­tion, is one of around 70 peo­ple, from 40 dif­fer­ent busi­nesses, who work in the build­ing. He says: “The En­ter­prise Cen­tre is a fan­tas­tic build­ing to work in. The grow­ing busi­ness eco-sys­tem here means that the va­ri­ety of busi­ness based in the build­ing is grow­ing rapidly. Friend­ships and re­la­tion­ships be­tween these busi­nesses are re­ally start­ing to cre­ate a bril­liant en­vi­ron­ment for all the busi­ness based here to grow.”

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