This year judges have awarded a leisure complex and car park called Redrock Stockport as the 2018 Carbuncle Cup winner. The complex was designed by BDP as part of a larger revitalization project for the community, however judges say this building “ridiculed” its surroundings rather than revamping them. Costing over $58m, the development contains a cinema, shops, restaurants, a gym, and a multi-tory car park.
Every year Building Design awards the Carbuncle Cup to what is found as the worst new building in Britain. The judges for this year included Building Design's architecture critic Ike Ijeh, the critic and author Jonathan Glancey, and current commissioner for Historic England Rosemarie McQueen, who served as an urban planner for many years. A panel member deemed the Redrock Stockport “one of the most horrendous architectural responses ever conceived for Greater Manchester”.
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