Norse facilities management deal at Norwich Research Park
Norse Commercial Services has added to its facilities management agreement with the Norwich Research Park (NRP).
The company, which employs around 5,000 people in the county, has taken on the management and delivery of cleaning, reception services, catering and both planned and reactive building maintenance at the Innovation Centre on the Park.
Norse already manages the facilities at the site’s Cotman Centre, part of the Norfolk and Waveney Cellular Pathology Network.
“We are delighted to extend our involvement, which now exceeds £1 million a year, with this prestigious local and world renowned bioscience Research Park,” commented Norse Facilities Management Director, Dean Wetteland.
“The agreement is a fine example of organisations working together to provide local employment and to keep carbon footprints to a minimum,” he added. “Our policy of using local suppliers and subcontractors wherever possible proved a key factor in NRP’s decision making process as, like us, environmental considerations are of prime importance in day-today operations.”
Norse is also acting as facilities consultants on the forward planning advisory board for new building development on the Park.
John Irving, Project Co-ordinator for Colney Innovations Ltd said “We are delighted to have engaged NORSE to manage the commercial Laboratory and Office facilities at the Norwich Research Park Innovation Centre and to provide facilities management advice for the new NRP building projects. We are very pleased that this local company won the contract since their policy is to use the local supply chain and environmentally friendly resources wherever possible”.
With a £26 million government grant to support commercial development of the Park, NRP is developing transport connections, new buildings, IT and other infrastructures as it develops into one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of Food, Health and Environmental Science research.
“These are exciting times for both NRP and Norse,” Norse Managing Director Peter Hawes said. “We are proud to be associated with NRP as they continue to develop their facilities and increase their international reputation. Our commercial and environmental philosophies are well aligned. We are committed to providing secure jobs, training opportunities and millions of pounds worth of business for local companies through our supply chain, and our growing agreement with NRP will reflect this.”