The Quadram Institute is part of the Norwich Research Park, which is home to four world-leading research institutes (Quadram Institute Bioscience, the John Innes Centre, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory), the internationally renowned University of East Anglia, plus a major teaching hospital with clinical research facilities, and around 80 science and IT based businesses.
The Quadram Institute benefits from being located on the edge of Norwich, combining a pleasant location set in 230 hectares of parkland with proximity to Norwich, a vibrant university city that mixes the past and the future to make an inspiring place to live and work. We would recommend visiting the Work in Norwich website to get a real flavour of what the city and surrounding areas have to offer.
New cycleways and regular bus services connect the Norwich Research Park with the city centre. Norwich’s medieval city centre is home to the Norwich University of the Arts. As a university city and regional capital, Norwich enjoys good transport links to London and Cambridge by road and rail, and internationally via Norwich International Airport, where a short hour flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol links Norwich to over 150 world cities across every continent.
The Norwich Research Park has a communal ‘buzz’ with a wide range of recreation and leisure facilities. Close by is the SportsPark with a range of membership options and fantastic facilities including a 50 m pool, climbing wall, squash courts, sports hall, athletics track and a wide range of courses for all levels. The neighbouring University of East Anglia has a lively arts scene, hosting music, visual arts and drama events throughout the year, and is home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre art gallery.
Norwich is a vibrant, safe, modern city with strong historical roots, providing a high quality of life – it was recently named the best place to live in the East and also the happiest city to work in the UK. With a low crime rate, bustling café culture, restaurants and nightlife, Norwich combines the benefits of life in a university city without being too large or overcrowded. It was named by the Sunday Times as one of the Best Places to Live In 2021.
House prices in Norwich are below average compared with the rest of England, offering a range of affordable options from newly developed apartment complexes to family homes, as well as period housing throughout the city. See this Living in Norwich guide for more information.
Norwich lies on the outskirts of the Broads National Park, linking the city to unspoilt countryside. 30 minutes away is the stunning Norfolk coastline, almost 100 miles of some of the best, cleanest beaches in the UK, perfect to exploit the fact that the region is the driest and warmest in the UK.
Norwich is known as the most complete medieval city in the UK, but also ranks as one of the best cities for shopping in the UK, and won Great British High Street of the Year in 2014 – showcasing Norwich’s ability to mix history and tradition with modern living. The Norwich Lanes set over 300 retailers and businesses in sone of the UK’s finest medieval architecture.
Norwich was the country’s first UNESCO City of Literature, the city is a significant cultural centre, hosts one of the oldest surviving arts festivals in the UK, and is home to the National Centre for Writing.