Food Innovation Centre, Norwich

Client: Broadland District Council & the New Anglia LEP

Location: Norwich

Value: £11m

Project Outline: The centre is a focused public-private-research partnership which champions the food and drink economy in Norfolk and Suffolk led by Broadland District Council. Funding partners are European Regional Development Fund and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and project partners include Hethel Innovation and the University of East Anglia.

Comprising two linked buildings housing 13 individual units fitted out to the British Retail Consortium food hygiene grade and comprising test kitchen and sensory tasting spaces plus a central ‘green street’, they offer SMEs and entrepreneurs operating in the food and drink sector the ideal environment for innovation and business growth.

The 1200 sq ft centre was designed to ensure the long-term development of surrounding industry aimed specifically at helping new and existing businesses thrive, nurturing ideas and enabling increased capacity for the processing of agricultural output.

Sustainability was at the heart of the design, incorporating a landscaped ‘green street’, and Photovoltaic (PVs) panels to harness the sun’s energy for electricity, designed to the BREEAM ‘excellent’ environmental standard.

Services: Project Management and Quantity Surveying

Roles and Achievements: From the start of the project Summers-Inman brought a spirit of partnership working with all stakeholders, working to develop a truly collaborative environment. We sought to engage and understand the goals and objectives of the client from the outset. Our approach to stakeholder engagement and communication included a commitment to providing:

  • An effective communication plan
  • Clear, accurate and timely communications
  • Proactive participation at workshops and meetings
  • Schedule of information required enabling project deliverables to be met
  • Ensuring compliance to auditable process and procedures
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