Wakefield Civic Society design awards

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Buildings which are helping to change the shape of the city’s skyline have been honoured in the annual Wakefield Civic Society design awards.

But the struggling economy is continuing to have an impact on the number of new developments - and on award nominations.

Civic Quarter in Wakefield

Civic Quarter in Wakefield

Members only gave out awards in one of the categories - the Best New Development.

There were two victories for Wakefield Council with awards for Wakefield One, on Burton Street, and Coronation Gardens, outside County Hall.

Pennine Camphill Community College, in Chapelthorpe, also won for its new Rural Craft Hub. In the same category the council’s Sun Lane Leisure received a commendation.

President Kevin Trickett said “Once again, the prevailing economic situation has revealed itself in the smaller number of projects being nominated this year and also in the fact that most of the major projects we looked at were public sector led.

The new Sun Lane Leisure centre, Wakefield.'w317a253

The new Sun Lane Leisure centre, Wakefield.'w317a253

“In previous years we have had more than 50 nominations from new cafes, bars and shops but at the moment because of the prevailing economic situation there are fewer opening.

“Nonetheless, on behalf of the society, I congratulate the winners and runners up, not only for their success in being recognised by our judging panel but also for the physical improvements these schemes bring to Wakefield.”

In the Best Refurbishment category no award was handed out but commendations were given to the Harrison Building at Wakefield College, The Secret Garden in Thornes Park and Yorkshire Sculpture Park for its work restoring the historic lakes and woodland.

No award was given in the Best Shop Front category but a commendation was given to Wilde Ink, on Silver Street.

Exterior of Wakefield One.'w315a253

Exterior of Wakefield One.'w315a253

No awards or commendations were given for Best Public House, Café Bar or Restaurant Frontage and Best New Residential Development

Mr Trickett said: “There were only two nominations made in the first of these categories and neither was considered to be worthy of an award or commendation.”