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Local practices dominate Leeds' 36 The Calls shortlist

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A trio of local architects have been named among the finalists in the open international contest to design a new landmark waterside building in Leeds (AJ 29.10.09)

Entries from the Leeds offices of practices Aedas, P+HS and Cartwright Pickard Architects are shortlisted in the 36 The Calls design competition, alongside new practice Fletcher Crane Architects, Nottingham’s Letts Wheeler Architects and Portuguese collective Project O. A special mention also went to Garnett Netherwood Architects.

Entrants were asked to draw up proposals for the ‘best new, sustainable commercial building in Leeds’ on a car-park plot on the north bank of the River Aire, in the Yorkshire city’s historic Calls district.

Backed by developer Citu in partnership with the AJ, the contest, in which entrants remained anonymous to judges, attracted 95 submissions, including 20 from overseas.

Citu’s managing director Chris Thompson said: ‘We are hoping to raise the bar for Leeds, and all the finalists, although presenting quite different interpretations, have fulfilled the brief for a landmark, sustainable, iconic building. It was genuinely very difficult to get down to the shortlist – an incredible amount of thought had gone into all the entries.’

Among the judges were Paul Finch, Leeds’ civic architect John Thorp, interior designer Paul Logan, investor/landowner Charles Nickerson and Jonathan Morgan of Morgans City Living.

Final interviews will be conducted in the second week in March.

Once a winner is selected, Citu hopes to submit for planning later this year and start on site in 2011.

 

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  • I could not agree more that a good understanding of site is essential to the design of a successful building. One cannot argue however that in order to understand a site and thus create something special, one must live or work within a radius of 50 miles to it. That kind of attitude would eliminate most of the greatest competition winning buildings of the last 60 years. Lets start with Utzon's Opera House.

    Ultimately we should all withhold judgement until the designs are published. One has to question exactly why the orginisers are withholding them until 'later this spring'.

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  • Tough luck Dunlop, is that the world's smallest violin I hear playing then?

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  • No, that's the sound of the veins in my neck straining, I've just had a look at the Garnet Netherwood proposal. God, I hope they were not all like that, should've taken the week off instead and gone to Blackpool. But thank you I, appreciate your comments, as always

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  • I found the special mention interesting. I`m just a bit concerned about the subject: would n `t have been more appealing for the inhabitants of the city a statue of Rio Ferdinand, glorious England football team captain born in Leeds...?

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  • Yes, it sounds rather uncommon to see Aedas involved in such a "small" competition and in the six shortlisted but...
    However if you want to see our entry, here it is (above).
    Let us know what do you think about, please.
    http://www.studiodosi.it/en/work/competitions/leeds

    Regards,
    SD, Italy.

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  • Yes, maybe it sounds a bit strange to read a huge engineering/architectural service company as Aedas participating in a competition like this one.
    However, we are one of the foreign groups (from Italy), and you can see our competition entry in our site (studiodosi.com) in the work page. Feel free to comment, please. Regards, SD.

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  • You mean Rio "Peckham born and bred" Ferdinand?

    Amazing to see so many toys being thrown out of prams because an anonymous competition dared to suggest that all of the UK's architectural talent isn't based in London...

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  • You mean Rio "Peckham born and bred" Ferdinand?

    Amazing to see so many toys being thrown out of prams because an anonymous competition dared to suggest that all of the UK's architectural talent isn't based in London...

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