The landmark Millennium building for the East of England and a stunning example of 21st century design
The Forum sits on a pre-conquest settlement, inhabited by French settlers after the Norman invasion. During the Reformation the site was home to immigrants from the Low Countries - known as 'Strangers' they contributed significantly to Norwich's textile trade.
More recently Norwich Central Library was located here. Destroyed by fire in 1994, it provided the opportunity for massive archaeological excavations of the site.
Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, The Forum is a £65million project, built to mark the millennium in the East of England.
The main section forms an enclosing horseshoe, made from handmade load bearing bricks with several windows. The glass façade forms a stunning entrance and embraces the marvelous Gothic church tower of St Peter Mancroft.
A range of businesses and amenities are located in The Forum. BBC East's regional headquarters can be found here, together with the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, and Norwich Tourist Information Centre (TIC).
In 2009 it opened a series of innovative community facilities including Fusion, Europe's largest permanent digital gallery with free public access and a state-of-the-art auditorium.
Different every day, The Forum also hosts a year-round line-up of free and ticketed events, exhibitions and entertainment.