Hepworth picks up top award

The Hepworth Wakefield

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THE Hepworth Wakefield has won a top national award for architectural achievement.

The David Chipperfield-designed gallery, which opened in May, has won the Best Architectural Achievement category at the British Design Awards 2011.

The awards, which are now in their tenth year, are voted for by members of the public from a shortlist put together by Elle Decoration magazine and The Telegraph.

The gallery beat off competition from projects including the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London and Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture.

Oliver Ulmer, project director from David Chipperfield Architects said: “We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield has been chosen from a shortlist of such interesting projects around the world.”

Hepworth director Simon Wallis said: “This is a fantastic achievement. The Hepworth Wakefield is one of the most sensitively designed galleries to be found anywhere and is now one of the most visited in the UK.”