Channel 4's Demolition

By Rob Last edited 161 months ago
Channel 4's Demolition
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As of today you can vote for what you think is the country's most "vile building" in order to get it torn down by Channel 4.

It's all part of 4's new Demolition programme, which is very much like the BBC's successful Restoration series only with one, very obvious, difference.

The idea stems from George Ferguson, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, who started talking about giving certain buildings a Grade X listing last year.

The programme format is pretty straightforward: a panel of specialists choose from a shortlist of 10 buildings (picked by the public) and then the judges become "cheerleaders" for the particular building they want to see reduced to dust.

Of course, there's bound to be some London buildings on that list, but which ones? We know that Mr Ferguson has already cited the St George's Hotel on Langham Place as one of his personal eyesores, but we can't seem too many people getting upset over that one.

Other names we've heard mentioned include the Kings Cross Holiday Inn, the NatWest Tower (can't really see them destroying that), Centrepoint (ditto), and Battersea Power Station (one of Londonist's favourite London buildings as it goes).

You can nominate your least favourite buildings over at the Channel 4 website now, or, if you prefer, just leave your views in our Comments section.

Last Updated 21 February 2005