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Multi-storey for animals wins Leeds urban wildlife contest

This hi-rise scheme by Garnett Netherwood Architects has been picked as the winner in the contest to design an inner city habitat for wildlife in Holbeck Urban Village, Leeds

The locally based practice saw off entries from around the globe to scoop the Wildlife Design Competition with its ‘Urban Takeback’ design, a tree-house style tower block recycled from old buildings.

Competition judge Geoff Ward, the chair of RIBA Yorkshire and a partner at Stephen George & Partners said: ‘The ‘Urban Takeback’ design had the right balance of ambition alongside a sensitive understanding of the local environment.

‘The skyscraper-style structure resonates with the Italianate towers which are well known Leeds landmarks and I was impressed with its aspiration to accommodate a number of species.’

He added: ‘Also, its high visibility gives it potential to be a focal point for engaging the community which lends it that special edge.’

Among the other shortlisted entries Annalie Riches of Riches Hawley Mikhail.

A mockette of the winning scheme was unveiled last night (28 May) at an event to kick start Holbeck Urban Village’s first public Urban Gardening Weekend

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