Tesco Woolwich Extra has been named Britain's worst building

By Rachel Bishop on September 3, 2014 10:43 AM |


Tesco in Woolwich has been named the worst building in the country.

The supermarket was awarded the Carbuncle Cup due to the design being "oppressive, defensive, arrogant and inept," according to judges.

The competition was created by architecture website Building Design, with an aim to pick out buildings that are "unforgivably bad and deserve to be named and shamed."

The judges included former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Owen Luder, and Prince Charles's architectural adviser, Hank Dittmar.

Giving their reasons for voting the supermarket as the country's worst building, the judges said: "Woolwich might have thought that its days as a military outpost were over. Wrong.

"Somehow what looks like the world's largest shooting range gained planning permission right in the middle of the town centre, presumably after masquerading as housing above a Tesco supermarket."

Within the six shortlisted buildings, voted by Building Design's readers, was a student accommodation block near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which one reader hated so much he suggested "we take off and nuke it from orbit."

This is the second time a building within Greenwich borough has faced the award, as the Cutty Sark renovation, designed by Nick Grimshaw was awarded the Carbuncle Cup in 2012.