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About the building

The Enterprise Centre is an exemplary modern working, event and teaching space. With an abundance of natural light and excellent air quality, the building also has views from most areas into the historic Earlham Park and reflective Memorial Gardens.

The highly ambitious project was conceived by the Adapt Low Carbon Group and meets the highest energy and environmental standards. Designed by sustainable architects, Architype, in collaboration with single-point deliver Morgan Sindall, The Enterprise Centre is a thriving community where businesses and students work side by side.

A leading business hub in the region, entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative working are at the heart of what we do. Founding principles of knowledge sharing and supporting local businesses has progressed from building construction to current day-to-day activity.

The timber frame and straw cladding were specified to minimise embodied carbon and promote the use of renewable materials. The Enterprise Centre is the largest exterior thatched building in Europe. The bold, crisp, contemporary design of the building has been influenced by the strong and confident modernist lines of Sir Denys Lasdun’s University Teaching Wall and Lord Foster’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

To find out more download the sustainability and materials information sheet.


Collaborative Approach

Collaborative working was a key element during the construction of The Enterprise Centre and is an ethos that has continued. See following film for further information about how this worked in practice. 

The Enterprise Centre collaborative approach film


Video highlights from the construction project



For many more interesting videos visit The Enterprise Centre page on Youtube.


CPD tours of The Enterprise Centre