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Attenboroughs to open new £42million university building

The University of Leicester is opening its new medical teaching and research building this evening.

The George Davies Centre is being opened later Credit: University of Leicester

It will be opened by Sir David Attenborough and his brother Michael, and will be named after the founder of the Leicester-based retailer 'Next', George Davies.

It comes after he made a donation of £5.15million towards research into vascular disease, and to create the Vascular Limb Salvage Clinic at Glenfield Hospital.

George Davies founded the 'Next' chain, and the 'George' clothing brand at Asda' Credit: PA

Sir David and Michael Attenborough are co-patrons of the University of Leicester's Centenary, which the University will commemorate from 2018 to 2021.

My great passion is supporting patients with health challenges, both in the UK and internationally. We are privileged to have a great team of surgeons, physicians, health workers and NHS administrators in Leicester. What is important to me is to continually work closely and be part of this team in order to achieve our goals of saving lives and limbs. There is no greater feeling than being able to give something back.

– George Davies
It's being opened by Sir David and Michael Attenborough Credit: University of Leicester

University bosses say the George Davies Centre will transform medical teaching and improve the lives of many patients.

The £42million building will house the University's Medical School, School of Psychology and Department of Health Sciences.

The George Davies Centre is a landmark in both building design and in the development of medical education and research here at the University of Leicester. As we invite George Davies, Sir David Attenborough and Michael Attenborough to officially open the building, I am delighted to be able to celebrate those who have played a part in accomplishing both of these goals.

This ground-breaking building has been made possible by the generous support of our donors, who I would like to thank personally. In making a commitment to this project they have also played a vital role in nurturing future generations of clinicians and researchers working at the cutting-edge.

– Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester