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Triple bill for Bradford Odeon site - images

These are the first images of the shortlisted schemes in the high-profile Bradford Odeon competition.

Studio Egret West, with developers BioRegional Quintain; Dyer, with PPG Land; and Carey Jones Architects, alongside the Langtree Group/Artisan, are all battling it out to redevelop the controversial former cinema site in the heart of Will Alsop's ambitious city-centre masterplan.

The winning scheme will replace the much-loved 1930s building, believed to be the last surviving theatre by renowned moviedrome architect William Illingworth.

Only Studio Egret West, whose founding partner David West was involved in the drafting of the Alsop masterplan, intends to keep any of the original, red-brick Odeon building - its famous domed towers ( scheme pictured above).

Meanwhile Carey Jones proposes to build four new buildings, including a 100-bedroom hotel, offices and affordable housing, around a 'vibrant' public square ( pictured below).

The Dyer scheme, dubbed the Bradford Pivot, will create a leisure and retail-led mixed-use development which will include a level of education accommodation and a new 'bridge of knowledge' ( pictured bottom).

All three shortlisted projects will go on public display on Friday (12 May) and competition organisers Bradford Centre Regeneration hope to pick a winner later this year.

The successful scheme is expected to start on site in spring 2007.

by Richard Waite

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