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Architects wanted: stylish homes needed for bats, birds, bees and butterflies

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Contest launched to design habitats for urban wildlife in West Yorkshire

Architects and designers are being sought to design a series of animal homes in Leeds city centre.

Entrants into the Wildlife Design Competition will have the choice of dreaming up ‘functional and beautiful’ habitats for otters, birds, bees, butterflies, insects and bats in the heart of the Holbeck regeneration area.

The emerging quarter south of the city’s train station is currently undergoing a multi-million pound transformation, including the revamp of many of the rundown Victorian mills on the site.

It is hoped the winning schemes will help ‘invite back wildlife back into built-up areas'.

Geoff Ward of Stephen George and Partners, competition judge and chairman of RIBA Yorkshire, said: ‘This contest is not only a chance to recognise the talent of designers, but a way for people to use their skills to make a difference to the local environment and to influence change with a shared, collective response to the decline of urban wildlife.’

The deadline for entries in the free-to-enter contest is 12 January 2008.

A shortlist will be unveiled in March next year and the winners announced in April.

To enter click here www.holbeckurbanvillage.co.uk/urban-habitat

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