Stockport’s Redrock building has been announced as the winner of Carbuncle Cup, an annual award recognizing “architectural sins.”

The judging panel described the building as a “missed opportunity” for Stockport, and a “sad metaphor for our failing high streets.”

Designed by architecture firm, BDP, the complex cost a reported £45 million and features a 10-screen cinema, as well as restaurants, bars and a gym and is part of a wider £1bn regeneration project for the town but the judges said the shed-like building “ridiculed” the town centre it had been intended to rescue.

The judges  took readers’ comments into account during the judging process.

These included: “Absolute monstrosity. I’ve seen better-looking prisons” and: “This is why the Carbuncle Cup was invented. Wrong in everything that is important and to a degree that makes one wonder what were the designers and planners who worked on this abomination thinking.”

The original nominator dubbed it “one of the most horrendous architectural responses ever conceived for Greater Manchester”.


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