Whitelaw Turkington wins Royal Institute of British Architects’ White Rose 2010 Landscape Award for its redevelopment of St George’s Square, Huddersfield
The award recognises excellence in public realm design and place making in the Yorkshire region, and Whitelaw Turkington was influenced by Huddersfield’s strong architectural heritage in creating the winning project. The £4m scheme took 18 months to construct, the brief being to create a contemporary, pedestrian-oriented public space.
“It was vital during the design process that the scheme reflected the history and architecture of Huddersfield,” said Guy Denton, Managing Director at Whitelaw Turkington. “We achieved this by working with our client and understanding the history behind St George’s Square.”
The redeveloped site can host up to 10,000 people and has two vibrant water features. Since opening in 2009, the square has hosted several events including the Food and Drink Festival, which attracted more than 65,000 visitors in three days.
Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “We were pleased to hear the Whitelaw Turkington’s design for St George’s Square was shortlisted amongst such high-quality schemes and we are delighted that it has won this prestigious prize.
“Since the new-look square was unveiled I have watched its popularity steadily grow, especially the water features which have proved to be a welcome relief from summer heat for many a child.”