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Norwich Medical Research Building

Norwich Medical Research Building

Norwich Medical Research Building Wrapped in BCL Timber Panels

The Norwich Medical Research Building (NMRB) project was completed in 2014, and has since been re-named the ‘Bob Champion Research and Education Building’. This exciting biomedical research centre, designed by Hawkins Brown Architects for the University of East Anglia (UEA), provides world-class research laboratories targeting improved patient care and will place UEA at its centre, strengthening Norwich’s already excellent reputation as a leading research site of biomedical sciences.

BCL’s timber panels were chosen by Hawkins Brown to clad the two linear blocks which form the main structure of the NMRB, and are interconnected by a triple height atrium.

Three different panel configurations were used in order to create a unique textured finish to the external envelope, also incorporating the UEA logo embossed into the façade.

BCL were employed as full envelope solution by the Main Contractors, RG Carter and provided a comprehensive installation service of over 2,000sqm Western Red Cedar panels to the project. As standard, all BCL panels were manufactured and installed using ‘secret-fixings’ creating an uninterrupted, clean and modern finish.


This significant research building will enable new treatments for diseases affecting ageing populations to be studied by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. BCL enjoyed being part of the project.

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