We are delighted to have been selected to deliver UEA's "Productivity East" initiative, a state-of-the-art regional hub for engineering, technology and manufacturing, as part of our recent appointment for the new 3-year UEA Contractor Framework.
The new institute will support regional innovation by enabling local businesses to work alongside world class researchers, academics and engineering students, to discover practical solutions to current and future challenges, by devloping prototype designs for new products and services.
The scheme involves the reconfiguration of former Biology laboratories to provide studio space, a digital design laboratory, CAD studios, an additive manufacturing workshop housing 3D printers, and a subtractive manufacturing and robotics workshop.
The project includes the removal of later additions revealing the facade of Denys Lasdun's Grade II listed teaching wall, with its brutalist concrete structure. The new internal spaces will feature exposed services and fixed furntiure using re-cycled bench tops, salvaged from the former labs. New landscaping, with entrance and cycle storage canopies, will be installed to rationalise external circulation, providing a new pedestrian link from Chancellor's Drive, the main route through the campus.
We are working alongside FBM Architects, Pick Everard and JSH Consulting on this exciting Design and Build project. Key Delivery Partners supporting Productivity East are New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, and TechEast.
Discover more about UEA's new Institute of Productivity here: https://youtu.be/psgGnfVNogo