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Civil Engineering Apprentices visit landmark science and medical development

6th July 2017

A group of Level 3 Civil Engineering Apprentices from City College Norwich have been given a behind-the-scenes look at progress on the high profile Quadram Institute building, which is being built by Wates Construction at the Norwich Research Park.

The Quadram Institute is on target to open in mid-2018, when it will house 300 scientists and 100 clinicians, integrating research teams from UEA’s Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School, the Institute for Food Research and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s gastrointestinal endoscopy department to create one of Europe’s largest centres of its kind.

The Quadram Institute will also house a new regional endoscopy centre which, as well as undertaking research and teaching on gastrointestinal health, will carry out around 40,000 procedures a year.

As well as being given a tour of the £81M development, the Apprentices had the opportunity to hear from Wates Construction representatives about the logistics of delivering a specialist design and build project with many key stakeholders involved.

The Apprentices were given the opportunity to ask questions about the development, which features a reinforced concrete frame, 380 Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piles (12-20m deep), a steel frame to roof, ETFE to roof, composite roof panels, large amounts of plant on the roof and handmade bricks from Holland.

Civil Engineering lecturer Anna Hare commented:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices to learn more about the processes involved in a major and prestigious project like this.  It was an invaluable learning experience for the group and a great opportunity for the apprentices to engage with a construction employer and learn more about the client’s requirements too.”