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David Attenborough is lending his name to a newly refurbished centre for conservation at the University of Cambridge

Posted by Dave Higgitt | May 05, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

The Arup Building at the University of Cambridge has been given a new name some 40 years after it opened. The iconic brutalist building designed by Arup Association in the 1960s is being refurbished and reinvented as centre for conservation for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the Museum and Department of Zoology, and will now be known as the David Attenborough Building.

Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, the project aims to create a collaborative working environment that will enable both creative interaction and the sustainable occupation of the building. Carbon reduction has been a key driver for the scheme.

The project includes an extension of the museum, providing new storage facilities and a new entrance. A 20m skeleton of a finback whale will float above the entrance, inviting a new audience to explore its collections which have until now been primarily an academic resource.

“It is fantastic that the building will have such an inspiring new name to launch its new future,” said Carol Lelliott, a partner at Nicholas Hare Architects. “I can think of no one more appropriate to personify the nature and ambition of this complex project.”

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