In a competition – The Carbuncle Cup, wherein online readers are required to nominate their choice of “really bad architecture”, a London’s supermarket complex dubbed Woolwich Central was adjudged the worst new building in the UK.
The Woolwich Central was the readers’ choice in the competition held by architecture magazine Building Design. According to the judges of the competition, which includes Hank Dittmar (Prince Charles’s architectural advisor), the building is “oppressive, defensive, arrogant and inept”.
Woolwich Central designed by architect Sheppard Robson is basically a building comprising flats and Tesco supermarket, and is one of the six finalist buildings nominated for the Carbuncle Cup.
Sheppard Robson’s design comprises 17 stories, which house 189 apartments laid out in six interconnected blocks. According to the architecture firm:
The aim was to create a cohesive piece of strong architecture that unlocked this vast space and establish a desirable place to live. We visited the development recently and the comments received were very positive, with many residents enjoying their apartments as well as the large garden spaces at the heart of the development.
The Woolwich Central was adjudged the Carbuncle Cup winner from a shortlist of finalists that included the Bath University Chancellor’s Building and the 50 storey Vauxhall Tower.