The newly opened Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s inspiring new art gallery which houses a number of important works from contemporary artists.
Contractors Crown House Technologies specified Geberit’s Mapress piping system for the project, investing in £65,000 worth of Mapress Carbon Steel, £10,000 worth of Mapress Gas and £7,000 worth of HDPE to ensure the correct piping was specified for each area of the construction, including the hot and cold water supply, heating system, air conditioning, gas supply and fire sprinkler systems.
The Mapress system offered the contractor an easy to use, fast and safe alternative to conventional pipe jointing methods such as soldering or welding, as well as enabling them to ensure that all joints were firmly sealed thanks to its innovative pressing indicator, which gives a visible indication of a pressed joint to offer a strong defence against installation errors.
This reliability was a key reason for its specification on the Hepworth Wakefield project, particularly as it was crucial that the temperature within the galleries is kept at a constant level, to ensure that the irreplaceable original artwork is protected.
With all piping systems in place behind the scenes and the artwork taking pride of place in the galleries, the Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery opened its doors in May.
The Hepworth celebrates the area’s unique artistic legacy and was designed by award-winning architect David Chipperfield to be formed from a conglomeration of different sized trapezoidal blocks, responding to the scale and rooflines of the surrounding small scale industrial buildings. With water on two sides and visibility from all directions, the building has no front or back elevation.
The building blocks form the rooms of the building, with the galleries themselves on the upper levels and the lower level boasting a performance space, educational workshops, public facilities, and administration and back of house areas.
The gallery’s bold, modern architecture will be a fitting home for the British artwork, with pieces spanning the 16th Century through to the present day. One of the highlights of the gallery will be a unique collection of 30 original plasters by Barbara Hepworth, who was born and raised in Wakefield.