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Pictures: These are the UK’s ugliest new buildings

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1st Sep 14 12:00 pm

The nominations are in for the UK’s ugliest new building, and this year there are four London buildings on the shortlist.

The Carbuncle Cup, an annual prize handed out by architecture magazine Building Design, exposes Britain’s most poorly designed buildings. From a list of 13 nominations, the judges have picked out the six worst, and will be revealing the “winner” next week.

Building Design describes these eyesores as “unforgivably bad” and we’re inclined to agree.

Vauxhall Tower by Broadway Malyan

Vauxhall Tower

The 50-storey high tower on the south side of the Thames is universally disliked. The cylindrical beast sticks out far above its neighbours and has what looks like a giant patio heater on the top. It’s not nice.

Woolwich Central by Sheppard Robson

It’s almost as if a building went into a transporter with a games console (a la 1986 film The Fly) and came out looking like a monstrous combination of the two.

Chancellor’s Building, University of Bath by Stride Treglown

It’s so hideous, we couldn’t find a picture of it we were allowed to publish. But it’s square, kind of blue and kind of has windows. Just no.

Unite Stratford City by BDP

Unite stratford

It’s brown. It’s not nice wooden brown or sandstone brown, it’s weird brown. And the bit that isn’t brown looks like a 2 star Magaluf holiday apartment – this is while it’s new and clean. What will it be like when the city air gets to it? We can’t look.

QN7 flats by CZWG


Ever wanted to live in a giant blue baked beans can? No, us neither.

Trinity Square by 3D Reid

Trinity square

The last on the list, thankfully, is in Gateshead. This used to be the iconic GetCarter car park which wasn’t the most visually stunning piece of architecture, but the new one isn’t an improvement.

What do you think is the UK’s worst new building? Are there any missed off the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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