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The award for Britain’s ugliest building goes to…

Posted at 6:00 pm, September 3, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News
Woolwich Central 2

Sheppard Robson’s Woolwich Central! That mega glassy Tesco extra topped with flats in the shape of bulls horns has just been named the winner of the 2014 Carbuncle Cup, aka the award for Britain’s ugliest building. 

It’s made up of 189 apartments and a 7,800 m Tesco. If we’re honest, we don’t think the front looks too bad, but the judges deemed it ‘oppressive, defensive, arrogant and inept’ and awarded it the title of Britain’s worst new building. Ouch. Well if you take a look at this next picture you can kind of see why…

Woolwich Central 1

But who’s actually responsible for designating this dubious accolade? Well, it started off as an online vote and then a panel of judges made the final decision. This year’s panel comprised Building Design editor Thomas Lane, architectural correspondent Ike Ijeh, Building Design columnist Hank Dittmar and architect and former RIBA president Owen Luder.

St George Tower - Vauxhall - Dave Pearce

From a shortlisted choice of six fugly buildings nearly all of the judges agreed that this one hit the top spot. Sadly, most of the other runners up were also in London: Broadway Malyan’s Vauxhall Tower, Woolwich Central; Chancellor’s Building, University of Bath by Stride Treglown; Unite Stratford City by BDP; QN7 flats by CZWG; and Trinity Square by 3D Reid. Well done guys!

Walkie Talkie by Duncan, Flickr Creative Commons

Oh and in case you were wondering, yes the monstrosity that is the Walkie Talkie was nominated plenty of times but as it’s still being worked on it won’t be considered until next year. (Bet we can guess which building will win in 2015!)

Enough of the negativity, time to vote your favourite local stuff in the Time Out Love London Awards.

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