Three awards, but overlooked by Alsop
It's nice to hear that Will Alsop had such fun in Wakefield over the summer (AJ 28.8.03). Seems, however, that he wasn't allowed out of camp too much, missed out on the 1995 Lemmeleg Building designed by architect Peter Bernamont, and unfortunately went home thinking that 'nothing had happened of any significance for years'.
You can spot Lemmeleg Building on the horizon from the train as you pull into the station (from London). You can approach it best from West Parade in the old town, spitting distance from the shopping centre. Better still, search out rear, side and approach views. The building won three awards in 1996: City of Wakefield Design Award - New Development, Industrial & Commercial Category Winner; RIBA Regional Architecture Award; and Civic Trust Awards Commendation for a Contribution to the Quality and Appearance of the Environment.
Now, it is only a small building, however not completely insignificant, and I'd say well worth a look.
Peter Bernamont, London