These are the first images of the shortlisted schemes in the highprofile Bradford Odeon competition. Studio Egret West, with developer 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. The winning project will be built in the heart of Will Alsop's ambitious city-centre masterplan and will replace a 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. Carey Jones proposes to build four new buildings, including a 100-bedroom hotel, offices and affordable housing, around a 'vibrant' public square. The Dyer scheme, dubbed the Bradford Pivot, will create a leisure and retail-led mixed-use development to include a level of education accommodation and a new 'bridge of knowledge'. All three shortlisted projects will go on public display on Friday (12 May) at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in the city, and competition organiser Bradford Centre Regeneration hopes to pick a winner later this year.
The successful scheme is expected to start on site in spring 2007.