- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 07 Sep 2018
2018 Carbuncle Cup
|On 6th September 2018, Building Design awarded the dubious honour of the Carbuncle Cup for 2018 to a leisure complex called Redrock Stockport in Stockport.|
The Carbuncle Cup is an annual architectural prize awarded by the magazine Building Design. The 'winner' is 'the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months.' A shortlist is compiled from nominations voted on by the public, and the winner is decided by a panel of critics. It is usually timed to coincide with the prestigious Sterling Prize, as a light-hearted way of identifying 'crimes against architecture'.
The name is derived from Prince Charles' oft-quoted criticism of the proposed extension to the National Gallery in 1984 which he described as “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”.
The £45 million development formed part of a wider £1 billion regeneration project for the South Manchester town, and incorporates a cinema, restaurants and bars. It was designed by the architecture firm BDP which is currently working on the renovation of the Houses of Parliament.
Building Design readers objected to the building's awkward and disjointed form - a series of block-like structures with strange angles and garish cladding. The judges described it as being a 'sad metaphor for our failing high streets' and a 'missed opportunity'.
The other shortlisted projects that were beaten by Redrock Stockport were as follows:
Beckley Point, Plymouth
Boyes Rees Architects
20 Ambleside Avenue, London
Pace Jefford Moore Architects
Shankly Hotel, Liverpool
[Images courtesy of Building Design.]
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
The new NEC4 contract creates a true procurement alliance arrangement for all stakeholders.
Andrew Strauss talks about performance and team building at the 2018 BSRIA Briefing.
Applications have to be in by the end of the week.
Reflections on the 5th Annual Global Congress of Knowledge Economy, held in Qingdao, China.
An artist finds ruined and decaying buildings a source of inspiration for his work. Book review.
When is there a right to light, and what happens if it is obstructed?
What would the nationalisation of economic infrastructure mean for GB?
A new guide to improving value by reducing design error.
We've reached 80,000 page views a day and 10,000 registered users. Why not join them?
A masterplan is a framework within which a location is encouraged to develop or change. Read our introductory article.
New consultation announced on a specialist Housing Court to settle landlord-tenant disputes.