Norwich Research Park

Norwich Research Park

Management Office


Norwich Research Park is a thriving community of science and technology based businesses co-located within a unique cluster of world-class institutions which comprises four life science research institutes, a teaching hospital with clinical trials facility and a university.

The Park offers support to companies in the life science sector with particular focus on food, health and the microbiome, industrial biotech, agribiotech, med biotech and genomics. Focused on addressing the global societal challenges of the 21st Century, the Park has an annual research spend of over £100 million and is home to more than 80 businesses and 12,000 people (including 3,000 researchers and clinicians). The Park offers high-quality laboratory and office accommodation with expert consultancy, access to specialist equipment and business support.

The institutions on the Park encompass the research-intensive University of East Anglia, three of the UK’s eight Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) strategically funded research institutes – the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute, and the Earlham Institute- the independently funded Sainsbury Laboratory and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.   The BBSRC and the John Innes Foundation are also partners.


Norwich Research Park offers a variety of accommodation solutions to suit a range of science and technology based businesses and includes:

Accelerator Offices and Laboratories 

Contemporary co-working facilities for new businesses and fixed term projects.   Centrally located within the Park, Accelerator offices and laboratories benefit from a range of complementary support services.


Centrum is the hub building for Norwich Research Park and provides 22,300 sq ft (2,071 sq m) of laboratory and office accommodation for growing companies. The ground floor has a 130 seat restaurant and café, meeting rooms, executive suites, video conferencing facilities and seminar rooms. The building has exhibition and event space with a link to the international John Innes Conference Centre.

Innovation Centre

The 27,000 sq ft (2,508 sq m) three story building contains over 30 high quality office and laboratory units available on flexible lease terms. Its offices and laboratories provide follow-on space for existing small companies that need room to expand as well as SME and start-up businesses.

Space to Build

The Park has a 52 hectare (128 acre) zone for commercial expansion and development with master planned plots suitable for a variety of business types. 1.7 million sq ft (160,000 sq m) of build space with a range of plot sizes and planning consent for R&D and ancillary uses.

Centre for Food & Health to Open at Norwich Research Park

Norwich Research Park is home to the Quadram Institute, a multi million Food & Health research centre.  With a focus on gastroenterology and the gut microbiome, food bioactives, nutrition and safety, the centre will bring together academic researchers, clinicians and patients in one building.The Quadram Institute enables a step change in food and health research science by providing new insights and accelerating innovation that delivers new foods and treatments for the benefit of society.

A Supportive Environment

A highly supportive environment for new and experienced businesses alike, Norwich Research Park benefits from:

  • Enterprise Zone business rate discounts
  • Simplified planning process
  • Superfast broadband
  • Flexible terms
  • Free business coaching & grant signposting
  • Discounted meeting room rates
  • Conference facilities with full catering, accommodating up to 320 delegates
  • On-site parking

Our Approach

At Norwich Research Park there is a uniquely multidisciplinary approach whereby clinical researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs work together to drive innovation. Services and Technical facilities include:

  • Biorepository
  • Clinical trial facilities and support services
  • National Food Databanks
  • Nutritional Information Solutions
  • Genomics, proteomics and metabolomic services
  • Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting
  • Human Nutrition Unit for food-based trials
  • Bio-Imaging suite for light, confocal and electron microscopy
  • Containment insectary, licensed to handle exotic insect species
  • High-tech facilitated ‘iLab’ for brainstorming and ideas generation
  • Containment glasshouses and controlled environment plant growth facilities
  • Dedicated research facilities site


Norwich Research Park is based on the south-western outskirts of Norwich, the capital city of the East of England.

By road, Norwich Research Park is just an hour from Cambridge, 2 hours from London and 3 hours from Birmingham. The Park is within 20 minutes of Norwich International Airport – with several flights a day to Amsterdam, Manchester and Edinburgh for onward worldwide travel.

Voted as the happiest place in country for work life balance and career contentment, Norwich provides a great quality of life combined with the best elements of a modern city. The City Centre is one of the top 10 best retail centres in the UK with T he city centre is vibrant and includes an array of historical attractions, music venues and restaurants.  Norwich is one of the greenest cities in the UK with miles of riverside walks and cycle tracks, unique 1930’s parks and acres of woodland running right into the city centre. The housing stock ranges from handsome Georgian and Victorian houses through 1930s semis and waterfront apartments to a number of new affordable housing estates on the city outskirts. Outside the city are market towns, villages, and miles of beautiful countryside, the Norfolk Broads and East Anglia’s stunning coastline all within easy reach.


Norwich Research Park was first conceived in the early 1960s, with the building of the University, and the relocation of the former John Innes Institute to Norwich. The Institute of Food Research also moved to the site soon after, followed by the Sainsbury Laboratory in 1988. The John Innes Centre was formed after the relocation of scientists from the former Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge and researchers from the Nitrogen Fixation Unit in Sussex.  In 2001 a new Hospital was built on the Research Park, which has teaching status in association with the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy.

Today, the Park continues to innovate and has an extensive range of facilities designed to meet the needs of science based businesses and includes the impressive Centrum building, which was part of a significant investment in the Park by the BBSRC.  Designed to deliver innovation from the research base to business and generate job creation in the region, the building seamlessly blends meeting and networking space with offices and laboratories. One of the largest single-site concentrations of research in food, health and life sciences in Europe, Norwich Research Park has world leading credentials to secure the UK’s position as the global leader in these emerging multi-billion pound sectors.


Norwich Research Park partners are actively involved in numerous international collaborations, both within the EU and beyond. Norwich Research Park researchers are participants or coordinators of euro multi-million EU-funded projects as well as working on individual collaborations with researchers from academia and industry.



Contemporary accommodation within our new hub building located at the heart of the Park. Two upper floors provide 22,300 sq ft (2,070 sq m) of highly flexible and customisable office and laboratory space.

Offices: Available to let from 850 to 3,690 sq ft (79 to 343 sq m)

Laboratories: Available to let from 810 to 2,630 sq ft (75 to 244 sq m)  

More details of available property can be found on the Norwich Research Park website.

For all enquires about Centrum and  Innovation Centre please contact: Jonathan Barnard, Development and Leasing Manager.

Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre contains over 30 high quality office and laboratory units available on flexible lease terms. Its offices and laboratories provide follow-on space for existing small companies that need room to expand as well as SME and start-up businesses.

Offices: available to let from 170 to 380 ft (16 to 35 sq m)

Laboratories: available to let from 280 to 880 sq ft (26 to 82 sq m)


More details of available property can be found on the Norwich Research Park website

Please contact: Jonathan Barnard, Development and Leasing Manager  +44 (0)1603 673673


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