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A city university is to rename its arts academy after its most famous student John Lennon.

The Beatle’s widow Yoko Ono has given her blessing for Liverpool John Moores University’s Art and Design Academy in Duckinfield Street to take the name of her late husband.

The Royal Institute of British Architects-award winning building is home to over 1,000 students in art and design, and will now be named the John Lennon Art and Design Building.

The John Lennon Art and Design Building is fittingly located just down the road from 68 Hope Street former College of Art.

Now owned by LIPA, it was where, in the 50s, art student Lennon met best friend and original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and which famously houses the lecture hall where Lennon met his first wife, Cynthia.

LJMU had been using the old building for different academic disciplines but is finally vacating the site this summer.

Known for its serpentine shape and completed in 2008, The John Lennon Art and Design Building sits directly in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The signage for the building will now feature the distinctive self-penned line drawing of John Lennon that has become so well known for its use on the John Lennon Airport.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk