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BDP wins contest to turn Düsseldorf prison into homes

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BDP has beaten five local firms to secure a project to redevelop a former prison in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The former AJ100 number one practice’s victory in the Dusseldorf Ulmer Hoh design competition marks its first contest win in the country.

BDP’s Dutch studio will create 500 apartments within a 5ha mixed-use development with a large green space at its heart.

The site is contained within a city block and incorporates mature trees and historical buildings. BDP said it would use these qualities to transform the enclave into a lively city neighbourhood.

Only the chapel building will be retained from the prison complex, to be converted into a community centre and meeting place.

The jury said BDP’s design put quality and atmosphere above commercial efficiency.


BDP Khandekar associate Annemiek van Koldenhoven told the AJ: ‘This was the fourth competition we entered in Germany and it’s our first win.

‘It is difficult at the moment in Holland and getting better in Germany. Also many of our people have trained in Germany and know the culture and the language.’

BDP was recently named on a strong shortlist for a £430 million hospital scheme in neighbouring Denmark.

The company’s head of healthcare Andrew Smith last month told AJ the practice hoped to win more work as Denmark invested in healthcare construction.


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