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Sainsbury Centre reaches 'middle age'

Centre is 40 years old Credit: SCVA

One of the region's most iconic modern buildings is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this weekend.

The Sainsbury Centre at Norwich's UEA was built after Lord Sainsbury donated his art collection to the university. It was the first public building designed by architect Norman Foster. To mark the anniversary he building is housing an exhibition on modern architecture.

"The Sainsbury Centre has been the focus of numerous wonderful achievements, much hard work and many valuable relationships have been built between art, people and ideas. I visit the Centre whenever I get the chance, and every time I set foot in the futuristic and architecturally-inspiring building, it strikes me just how lucky we are to have this facility on our doorstep."

– Professor David Richardson, UEA Vice-Chancellor