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Chipperfield's Hepworth Gallery opening put back - again

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David Chipperfield Architect‘s much-anticipated Hepworth Gallery will not open until Spring 2011 at the earliest - three years after first scheduled

The Stirling Prize winner landed the prestigious £30 million project - then costed at £10 million - ahead of the likes of Adjaye Associates, Zaha Hadid Architects and Kengo Kuma and Associates following an RIBA contest back in 2003.

At the time the scheduled completion and opening date of the waterside gallery, which will house by sculptor Barbara Hepworth among others, had been pencilled in as 2008.

That remained the target date when the scheme received planning in 2005. However the project was turned down for lottery funding and ran into landownership issues pushing back the expected opening until spring 2009.

The practice’s last estimations, released when the building ‘topped out’ in March this year, put the ‘renewed’ date as ‘late 2010’. Now, according to the Yorkshire Post, gallery bosses have said the building would not open its doors until Spring 2011

Speaking t the paper the Hepworth’s director, Simon Wallis, blamed the time it had taken to secure long-term loans of major pieces from galleries including the Tate.

He said: ‘The bottom line is that we want this building open as quickly as possible. I want to make sure that when we open it is world class.’

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