Quadram Institute contractor brings training boost to Norwich

The Quadram Institute, under construction on the Norwich Research Park, has become a catalyst for local training and employment as main contractor, Wates Construction, reaches it one-year milestone on site.

Twelve months in to its £63.5m build programme, Wates has so far carried out extensive training and school engagement initiatives at the project, including student visits from Norwich City College to support their coursework.

The contractor also recently held its industry-leading ‘Building Futures’ programme on site, which saw 10 local jobseekers take part in a series of practical construction workshops.

Designed to kick-start careers in construction, Building Futures was held in partnership with JobCentre Plus and LEAP Norwich and was supported by Wates’ Quadram Institute sub-contractors and suppliers.

Since completion, one jobseeker has joined Wates on site and further full-time employment opportunities are expected to be supported with Wates and its supply chain.

The project team’s commitment to supporting local construction skills training has also included the appointment of Pearse Hamilton, Production Trainee, and Akbar Khan, Planning Apprentice, who is working towards becoming a Junior Planner.

Wates’ work at the Quadram Institute includes the construction of a five-storey development that will bring together research teams from the Institute of Food Research (IFR), the University of East Anglia as well as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s gastrointestinal endoscopy facility.

The scheme will comprise a variety of specialist laboratories, offices, and patient facilities. Photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps have been incorporated into the building design to enhance energy efficiency.

Investing in training and employment is a huge focus for Wates, without which we simply wouldn’t be able to grow and develop our expert project teams. There is much said about the great need for skills investment in East Anglia and we are very proud to of our programme of training and schools engagement at Quadram Institute and to be leading the way in addressing this important issue.


The Quadram Institute is going to be a leading centre for research and development and so it’s fitting to use its construction as a foundation for educating our industry’s future workforce.”


Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties