Carbuncle Cup 2015

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Carbuncle Cup 2015

UK Ugly Architecture Awards Shortlist + Nominations

30 Jun 2015

Carbuncle Cup 2015 Building

Northwich Memorial Court leisure centre designed by Ellis Williams Architectsr

Ellis Williams Architects is the first practice to receive a Carbuncle Cup nomination in 2015, reports Building Design (BD).

Northwich Memorial Court leisure centre
image from architects

“Poor old Northwich. It has waited more than 40 years for a new municipal building in the town centre and when one finally arrived it turned out to be the very model of an architectural carbuncle. Worse, it’s a turquoise-coloured carbuncle.”

Northwich Memorial Court building
image from architects

The recently opened Northwich Memorial Court ‘lifestyle centre’ costed £12.5m; it was designed by Ellis Williams Architects and built by Wates Construction. “It can be aptly described in three words: a total mess.”

Northwich Memorial Court leisure centre building
photo from engineers

Carbuncle Cup 2015 Nomination

3 Sep 2014

Carbuncle Cup 2014 Winner

Sheppard Robson’s Woolwich Central is voted the overwhelming winner

The winner of the 2014 Carbuncle Cup is Woolwich Central, a Sheppard Robson-designed mixed-use scheme in south east London, reports Building Design (BD).

It comprises 189 apartments in six interconnected blocks rising to 17 storeys over an 7,800sq m Tesco.

Statistically Tesco subsidiary Spenhill, which developed Woolwich Central, was twice as likely to win the Cup as it had the dubious honour of being nominated twice.

Carbuncle Cup Winner : information up to 2013

About Carbuncle Cup

Now in its seventh year, the Carbuncle Cup is the UK’s only award for bad buildings.

“For a profession that loves to give itself prizes for excellence, an award that sets out to recognize the polar opposite is a moment for reflection.

“Despite all of the planning rules and regulations in the UK, a Carbuncle is what happens when bad architecture and bad planning come together.” – BD Editor in Chief Amanda Baillieu

Carbuncle Cup serves to highlight the fact that most of the UK’s new building stock is poorly designed or simply mediocre.

The award acts as a counterpoint to the plethora of prizes handed out to architects each year – it is to the Stirling Prize what the Razzies are to the Oscars.

Carbuncle Cup 2012 information from UBM


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Carbuncle Cup 2013 Winner

Scandalous student housing scoops the award for Britain’s worst new building

A multimillion-pound block of student accommodation on London’s Caledonian Road has been named the UK’s worst new building.

465 Caledonian Road, designed by Stephen George and Partners for University College London, was once a historic red brick warehouse that has now been largely demolished despite being protected.

465 Caledonian Road:
465 Caledonian Road
photo : Gareth Gardner

“There is no small irony in the fact that the building stands on the same street as HMP Pentonville,” said BD executive editor and Carbuncle Cup juror Ellis Woodman.

Redcar Beacon
Redcar Competition
image : Seven Architecture

30 Jul 2012

Carbuncle Cup Shortlist

Britain’s worst new building Award

The Orbit, London, England
Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond
ArcelorMittal Orbit
image from London Legacy Development Corporation

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Architect & Lead Consultant: TODD Architects
Concept Design: CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates
Titanic Belfast Building
photo : Christopher Heaney

Titanic Museum Belfast

Mann Island Development, Liverpool, England
Broadway Malyan
Mann Island Development
picture from architects

Mann Island Development
“a scheme that completes the desecration of that city’s once great waterfront”.

18 Jun 2012

Carbuncle Cup 2012

The award for Britain’s worst new building

The UK’s leading architecture newspaper BD invites the public to put forward their worst new building for this year’s Carbuncle Cup.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, London:
ArcelorMittal Orbit
image from London Legacy Development Corporation

Carbuncle Cup 2012 favourite – The ArcellorMittal Orbit tower

Carbuncle Cup Past Winners

2011 – MediaCity UK, Salford
Media City Salford
image from architects
Carbuncle Cup 2011 winner : MediaCity UK

2010 – Strata Tower, London
Strata SE1
photo : Will Pryce / BFLS
Carbuncle Cup 2010 winner : Strata Tower

2009 – Pier Head Ferry Terminal, Liverpool
Pier Head Ferry Terminal
photo © Adrian Welch
Carbuncle Cup 2009 winner : Pier Head Ferry Terminal

Stirling Prize

World Architecture Festival Awards

Carbuncle Cup – Previous Years

Carbuncle Cup 2010

Carbuncle Cup – 2009 Winners

Carbuncle Cup Nominees

Some Carbuncle Cup nominees shown on e-architect in recent years:

Bézier Apartments, London:
Bézier Apartments
photo © Nick Weall

University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus Extension, Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
photograph : Zander Olsen




Website: Architecture

Website : Carbuncle Cup Winners

Carbuncle Awards – Scotland, run by the Carnyx Group

RIBA Awards

AJ100 Building of the Year Awards

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