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Bauman Lyons joins international race for Carlsberg masterplan

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Leeds-based firm Bauman Lyons has been pre-invited to enter an international competition to design a new city district on the Carlsberg brewery site in Copenhagen.

The practice joins global stars Behnisch Architekten from Germany, Spain's EMBT, Dutch firm West 8 and Canada's Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects and Urbanists, all of which have been asked to compete before the official launch of the contest next month.

The famous Danish brewer is due to leave its long-time city-centre home in 2008 and has already considered outline ideas from Jan Gehl on how the area could be developed.

Open to the rest of the world on 1 November, the contest is expected to attract a wealth of entries. An eventual winner is scheduled to be announced at the beginning of April next year.

Meanwhile, back in Yorkshire, the practice has also made it into the final of the high-profile developer-led Tower Works competition. The AJ can exclusively reveal that Bauman Lyons (with ISIS) is one of just three teams still in the running for the job of revamping the abandoned 19th-century factory site in Globe Road, central Leeds, famed for its unusual Italianate towers.

The other shortlisted consortia are understood to be MAKE and Stephenson Bell (with the Landmark Consortium) and Allies and Morrison (with CTP St James). Bids from teams headed up by Surface Architects, Cartwright Pickard and Carey Jones - which had previously drafted its own masterplan for the site - have all now been rejected (see ajplus 11.07.06).

Competition backer Yorkshire Forward has yet to confirm when a victor for the flagship site in the Holbeck Urban Village Development will be officially unveiled.

by Richard Waite

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