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BDP in running for another Danish healthcare whopper

BDP is targeting a wave of health work in Denmark after being named on a strong shortlist for a £430 million hospital scheme in the country

The 51-year old practice is one of five companies in the running to design an extension to the University Hospital in Køge.

The AJ100 giant is up against global practice HOK as well as Danish companies Aarhus Arkitekterne, CF Møller and Friis & Moltke.

The shortlisting comes just months after BDP won a competition earlier this summer to masterplan a new hospital and psychiatry unit at Bispebjerg in Copenhagen.

BDP head of healthcare Andrew Smith told AJ the practice hoped to win more work as Denmark invested in healthcare construction.

‘Most countries develop their hospital infrastructure in waves, and Denmark is doing that at the moment,’ he said. ‘We are building up relationships with a number of partners in Denmark and would like to continue to work there.’

BDP is working with Danish architect TKT on both the Køge bid and its Bispebjerg scheme.

Proposals for Køge involve a major extension to the existing hospital, trebling its size to 189,000 sq m and 900 bedrooms.

Up to three companies will be selected in January 2013 for the second phase of the competition, and a winner selected five months later.

The building is expected to be in full use by 2021.

Smith said Denmark appealed as a country to work in due to its high standards of healthcare and design.

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