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Sir David Attenborough - Opening ceremony of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building

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Sir David Attenborough - Opening ceremony of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building

The refurbishment of the Kathleen Lonsdale Building (KLB) is part of UCL Estates’ £1.2bn capital programme, Transforming UCL, and marks the grand re-opening of the Department of Earth Sciences.

The KLB was constructed in 1915 as the first purpose built Chemistry building for UCL and its refurbishment has sensitively blended the old and new to create high quality workspaces with modern facilities.

Sir David Attenborough was guest of honour at the opening ceremony where he gave a talk on the importance of earth sciences and was presented with a sculpture of newly discovered species of ocean plankton, Syracosphaera azureaplaneta, named by UCL researchers in honour of the critically acclaimed BBC Blue Planet series and its presenter.

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