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Woolwich Central Voted Britain's Worst New Building

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A Woolwich building has been awarded the Carbuncle Cup - an award for the ugliest new piece of architecture.

Woolwich Central. Picture: Google Street View

Woolwich Central, designed by Sheppard Robson, is made up of 189 apartments in six interconnected blocks rising to 17 storeys over an 7,800sq m Tesco supermarket.

The Carbuncle Cup is awarded by BD Magazine with the judging panel including editor Thomas Lane, architectural correspondent Ike Ijeh, BD columnist Hank Dittmar and architect and former RIBA president Owen Luder.

The 13 nominations were whittled down to a six-strong shortlist which comprised: Vauxhall Tower by Broadway Malyan; 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.

There was a near unanimous choice of winner, with Vauxhall Tower coming runner-up.

Owen Luder described Woolwich Central as "oppressive in terms of shape, size and colour and a negative contribution to the overall environment of the area”. Ike Ijeh described it as “overtly militaristic, defensive, arrogant and inept".