Awards for best city buildings

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the old and the new in the city have been celebrated by the Wakefield Civic Society.

The results of the civic society’s design awards were announced last night with brass plaques awarded to the winners.

After winning the international Civic Trust award last week, the Hepworth won the society’s best new development award.

The judging panel said it admired the way the new gallery sits within the landscape, appearing to rise from out of the river.

Trinity Walk shopping centre and the Clarence Court and Gardens, on Lawefield Lane, were given commendations under the best new development category.

A commendation was also given to Bliss Boutique, on Little Westgate, for Best Shop Front, and to Joe’s Diner, on The Springs, for the best public house, café, bar or restaurant frontage.

The mediaeval Monks’ Refectory at Nostell Business Park and the Rushbond Building at Yorkshire Sculpture Park were awarded for the city’s best refurbishments.

Kevin Trickett, civic society president, said “For the second year running, the economic situation has had an impact on the number of schemes coming through and this is reflected in the low number of nominations this year compared with recent years.

“However, there is still quality to be found in some of the new and refurbishment projects that have been completed and the society is delighted once again to be able to recognise these in its annual awards for 2012.”

The society’s dining club also presented two restaurants with the Wakefield Restaurant of the Year Award at the presentation evening last night.

Gaskell’s at Wakefield College retained its crown for the second year running and certificates were given to both staff and students.

Red Chilli restaurant, on Northgate, was also awarded.