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Danish superstars set to land in London

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Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) is to open an office in London just weeks after landing its first success on UK shores.

Recognised as a big player across Europe, the Aarhus-based company is now hoping to make a name for itself in Britain, having already won the competition for the new £55 million university library scheme in Aberdeen (pictured - AJ 08.06.06).

This high-profile victory could be the catalyst for a raft of new work for SHL in the UK. The 130-strong practice has also been shortlisted alongside home-grown stars for the new Turner Contemporary centre in Margate and is in the running for a top secret scheme in Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen.

Similar in size to the Richard Rogers Partnership, SHL was founded in 1986 by Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and John F Lassen and is probably best known for its Royal Library in Copenhagen which opened in 1999.

SHL's decision to set up a new studio in England is yet another pointer towards Britain's growing appreciation of Danish architecture.

Fellow Dane 3XN has also had a brace of major triumphs in the UK in recent months including the new Museum of Liverpool and a university building in Salford.

by Richard Waite

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