The UK’s Architecture: The Bad, And The Ugly

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The UK’s Architecture: The Bad, And The Ugly

On the flipside, another recent poll has uncovered the UK’s least favourite buildings. And, wouldn’t you know it, London has been beaten again.

This time a Lanarkshire mall has proved you can out-elephant the Elephant. Cumbernauld Shopping Centre has been voted the UK’s ugliest construction from 10,000 nominations in a Channel 4 poll.

Surprisingly, London only has one entry in the top 10. Stupendously awful, ‘The Tower’ in Colliers Wood (pictured) only manages a weak ninth place. Perhaps we should be thankful. There's some real shit in this town that seems to have been overlooked.

The original and appealing idea of the C4 program Demolition is that the unlucky winner will be knocked down. So is it curtains for the Cumbernauld? Tune in on 17-20 December to find out.

The top 10 ugliest UK buildings

1. Cumbernauld shopping centre

2. IMAX cinema, Bournemouth

3. Bus station, Northampton

4. Crown House, Kidderminster

5. Cement works, Rugby

6. Park Hill estate, Sheffield

7. Gateshead car park

8. Scottish parliament, Edinburgh

9. The Tower, Colliers Wood, London

10. Lodge's supermarket, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Agree, disagree? Unleash your comments.

Last Updated 13 December 2005