Despite coming runner-up in the contest to revamp the Danish brewery Wilkinson Eyre has been brought back onto the job
Readers may remember the international competition to transform the Ny Carlsberg Brewhouse in Copenhagen into a ‘brand and experience centre’.
Two years ago, the jury made the ‘tough decision’ to select Ralph Appelbaum Associates with Arup and Danish firm PLHArkitekter ahead of 63 teams – including runner-up Wilkinson Eyre.
But hooray for the Brits, because the AJ has uncovered a big switcheroo – well, a major rethink – which has seen Wilkinson Eyre brought back onto the job to revamp the famous brewer’s listed four-storey brewery with its landmark Elephant Gate, designed by Vilhelm Klein in 1901.
A spokesman for Carlsberg explained: ‘[When Appelbaum] won the competition, the proposal was based on a £22 million investment in the project.
‘We decided we wanted a more ambitious architectural design – investment in the building is an investment for a generation – and we communicated that to Appelbaum.
‘Appelbaum then proposed to team up with Wilkinson Eyre because of the quality of its proposal and Carlsberg accepted.’
So much for last orders.