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Wednesday 18 May 2011

Sir David Attenborough officially opens NTU’s iconic buildings

Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Parkinson at the opening
Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Parkinson at the opening

World famous broadcaster and Britain's best known natural history film maker, Sir David Attenborough, has today officially opened NTU's Newton and Arkwright buildings.

Accompanied by the University's Chancellor, Sir Michael Parkinson, and Vice-Chancellor (VC), Professor Neil Gorman, Sir David delivered a speech to students, staff and guests of the University to commemorate the occasion.

World-class teaching and learning facilities
Recognised as two of Nottingham's most iconic landmarks, the Grade II* listed Newton and Arkwright buildings have been part of an ambitious regeneration programme to create a vibrant heart for the University's City site.

Designed by the internationally renowned Hopkins Architects, the scheme has delivered world-class teaching and learning facilities as well as reinvigorating the Nottingham cityscape.

Since its completion, the project has won a number of awards:

  • Civic Trust Award for the outstanding contribution it makes to the quality and appearance of the environment, and for bringing social, cultural and economic benefits to the local community.
  • Project of the Year at the East Midlands Centre for Constructing the Built Environment Awards.
  • Nomination for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2011 for the University's Estates and Resources team.

"Our drive for sustainability is something that resonates with Sir David"

Sir David, who received an honorary degree from NTU last year, had the opportunity to talk to staff and students from all three of the University's campuses after the official opening.

VC, Professor Neil Gorman, said: "Sir David was very impressed by the Newton and Arkwright buildings when he came to receive his honorary degree last year. We were very privileged that he accepted that invitation and again feel honoured to welcome him back to the university.

"Newton and Arkwright are a showpiece for urban renewal and include some of the most far-reaching green initiatives any university has ever seen. Our drive for sustainability is something that resonates with Sir David."

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