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Eight shortlisted for urban wildlife design competition

Eight firms have been shortlisted for the Wildlife Design Competition in Leeds, which has been commissioned in a bid to halt the decline of wildlife in the UK’s cities

Run by Holbeck Urban Village, the environmental competition saw the firms competing to design the best animal habitats fit for city-living wildlife.

Competition judge and chair of RIBA Yorkshire, Geoff Ward said ‘We were pleasantly surprised by the richness and wide variety of the entries. Great design is important to the regeneration of urban landscapes and communities and I was impressed with the enthusiastic response we received from individuals from a range of disciplines.’

Garnett Netherwood’s design is a skyscraper for wildlife and is to be constructed from the recycled materials of demolished buildings. It is to house a number of species and, if successful could provide a template for more green towers in the area.

The winning entry will be announced on 28 May. Entrants include Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects, Chris Arscott and Annalise Riches.

To view an online gallery of all the entries visit

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