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Walpole’s whimsical London villa wins heritage prize

King’s Cross £500m railway station redevelopment project also recognised by Europa Nostra

Walpole's Strawberry Hill villa

A project to restore Strawberry Hill—Horace Walpole's whimsical Gothic Revival villa in southwest London—is one of 30 projects to receive a prestigious cultural heritage prize administered by the European Union and Europa Nostra.

The mid 18th-century structure opened to the public in 2010 after the completion of the first phase of restoration work. The second phase, which is due to finish in 2014, involves restoring Walpole's private rooms.

The jury applauded not only the conservation of the building's interior and exterior, but also the dedication of its volunteers. Strawberry Hill is not the only project in the UK's capital to receive an award: the “inspiring” £500m redevelopment of King's Cross Station in central London was also recognised. And Martin Drury, the former director of the UK's National Trust and the former chairman of the Landmark Trust, received an award for dedicated service, with the jury calling him “a major force for good in the field of conservation for more than 40 years”.

The winners were announced on 26 March, and an awards ceremony is due to take place in June during Europa Nostra's 50th anniversary congress in Athens. Still up for grabs, however, is the public choice award, the winner of which will be announced at the June meeting.

For a full list of winners and to vote for your favourite project, go to: www.europanostra.org

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