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BDP reveals huge Turkish shopping and fun park scheme

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The UK’s largest practice BDP has revealed these plans for a 175,000m² shopping and leisure-led development in Izmir, Turkey’s third biggest city

Backed by Turkish developer Megapol, the mixed-use Vaha Project on the outskirts of the city will also feature a ‘major’ fun park for Los Angeles-based leisure consultants Utopia Leisure.

A spokesman for the pracitce said: ‘The narrow and highly visible site sits at the foot of surrounding hills and has several streams running through it. These unusual site constraints create a dramatic setting for this mixed use project which contains retail, leisure, education, social and religious buildings serving both the local community and the wider Izmir region.’

He added: ‘The site layout creates a series of island destinations linked by active bridges and attractive landscaped routes. A central feature external space is overlooked by cafés and restaurants acting as a natural focal point for the project.

The practice is working with local architect EPIG on this project.

Earlier this month BDP, which has consistently topped the AJ100 rankings for the past decade, announced it was shutting four of its offices after both turnover and profits fell.

However it has since been shortlisted for a new hospital complex in the Bispebjerg suburb of Copenhagen and is also among the finalists in the contest to design a £20 million extension to the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.

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