Controversial Railway revamp up for RIBA award

Nineteen Yorkshire sites are shortlisted for awards from the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) – and one is right outside the main railway station.

The controversial £4 million revamp of St George’s Square, Huddersfield, was described by some as a waste of money, but the tide has turned for the fountains which make a splash in front of the railway station. Judges say the work of  Whitelaw Turkington Landscape Architects has created a public area suitable for both everyday and special events.

The winner for the area will be announced at an awards ceremoney at Sheffield City Hall on November 26.

– Geoff Wood

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