HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
MEDIACITYUK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP
 

Star date: 1st September 2011

MEDIACITYUK VOTED WORST BUILDING IN THE UK

"Which truly creative person would ever want to work in such a place?" The Guardian's Jonathan Glancey

A `crime against the built environment'… A `lack of urban vitality' are just some of the nicer things said about Peel Holdings' MediaCityUK site as it won Building Design magazine's Carbuncle Cup today – given to the year's worst building.

The sterilized Media City site even held off the squashed oblong that is the new Liverpool Museum to take the least coveted architectural prize in the country.

Full story and more horror photos here…


MEDIA CITY UK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP MEDIA CITY UK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP MEDIA CITY UK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP
MEDIA CITY UK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP MEDIA CITY UK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP MEDIA CITY UK WINS CARBUNCLE CUP
click image to enlarge

MINGIN' MEDIA CITY

"…a city is the last thing one would mistake this development for"

Referring to the BBC's move to MediaCityUK, the Carbuncle Cup commendation states that "it is hard to see how the corporation could set its aspirations any lower… Following the Blue Peter garden's recent relocation to Salford, one can only presume that the newly reinterred Petra must be turning in her grave."

Yes, Peel Holdings' flagship "crime against the built environment" absolutely stormed the award for the worst building in the UK today. The jury - architecture critics, Rowan Moore of the Observer, Hugh Pearman of the Sunday Times and the Guardian's Jonathan Glancey – were unanimous in their verdict that the £600million Salford Quays site visually stinks.

"How uncreative can a `Creative Quarter be?" asked Jonathan Glancey "And which truly creative person would ever want to work in such a place?"

The commendation states that Media City "had every opportunity to be a piece of city to be treasured for centuries to come". Instead we got "a crazed accumulation of development, in which every aimlessly gesticulating building sports at least three different cladding treatments. The overriding sense is one of extreme anxiety on the part of the architects - an unholy alliance of Wilkinson Eyre, Chapman Taylor and Fairhursts."

It adds that "There is no urban idea to speak of whatsoever - no space that one might recognise as a street; no common architectural language; no difference between the fronts and backs of buildings; no distinction between the civic buildings and the private ones…"

It concludes: "No-one can be too surprised that Peel Holdings…is behind MediaCityUK but quite how the BBC has stooped this low is hard to fathom..."

To see more on the Carbuncle Cup and the full list of runners up click here

* Main photo shows police Dispersal Order keeping local kids away from the site

** See recent Salford Star articles on MediaCityUK...

* Salford Council's secret £10million MediaCityUK fund click here

* Salford Council hands more money to Peel Holdings click here

* Media City community money scandal Part 1 click here Part 2 click here

* The £650 a day Media City `deprived areas' consultant click here

* The £500,000 `Welcome to the BBC' events click here

* The £50million University of Salford building at Media City click here

* Nigel Pivaro on Media City click here

 

lovebootlesavebootle wrote
at 08:47:12 on 16 September 2011
I really sympathise with the people of Salford, that 'thing' is, in no uncertain terms, a sh@**ing monstrosity - and Councils are at it everywhere! Here in Sefton they're knocking every classic edifice down that has any remote sign of wear and tear and replacing it with cheap phonies that won't see out the next 50yrs. Don't worry Salford, just think this thing they've built is so transient looking that it'll be gone in a blink. But till then, order a city wide delivery of rose-tinted specs to try and alleviate the eye-sore. http://lovebootlesavebootle.blogspot.com/2011/08/firstly-big-help.html
 
Liverpool Preservation Trust wrote
at 15:42:18 on 06 September 2011
Was there anything on North West Tonight. Peel Holdings also want to Build Liverpool Waters in Liverpools World Heritage Site that is threatened with status removal by Unesco. What Hope for modern architecture.
 
Mark Whitfield wrote
at 09:49:21 on 02 September 2011
To offset the Carbuncle gloom cloud, here are five High Definition 360 movie views of MediaCityUK BBC North and UoS taken on a sunny, blue sky day late last week: 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZEc4YhCors 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xihZi0_7H1I 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3DulpAancA 4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOKv3fPJk2Q 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49fe4QRAx40 and also the 16,000+ MediaCityUk Photo Timeline: http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/mcuk.htm For me, a great and child friendly panoramic in Salford Quays where previously, only grassland and old shipping equipment existed…
 
Charles Cobb wrote
at 22:23:34 on 01 September 2011
The clowncil should be bunged to relocate to mediacity . Then we will have the worst council in britain bullshitting all day in the worst building in britain . Poetic justice .The goons can sell the swinton funhouse , for a nominal charge , to their grubby chums tesco . Would makea good tesco express , and the building will finally have a fitting use .
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Giraffe
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
from 1956 Salford councillor "What we need is for us to Clear the unfit properties and build new modern homes with all in door a... [more]
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
If they stopped importing more people, these properties wouldn't be required. But that's what people vote for, so on their own hea... [more]
article: SALFORD PHOTO ARCHIVE GIVEAWAY
Message for Joseph De Biaise, Hi Joseph, you were in the same year as me at St Andrew's.If you are looking for pics from School.Wh... [more]
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS
I expect blunderbus and his mates to get a lot more grief from the Irlam crew. They are just as well organised but not as mouthy a... [more]
article: COMMUNITY GREEN SPACE CAMPAIGNERS JOIN DEMO OUTSIDE SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Bob the regular,why shouldn't people,regardless of material circumstances,live in decent homes? Turns out you are a prig and sno... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY SLATE GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT PLANS

Star date: 21st January 2019

'DON'T UNDERSTIMATE OUR PASSION'... 'LEAVE US ALONE!'... 'WE'RE GOING TO BE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MESS!'

Tonight a Special Community Committee Meeting took place for Irlam and Cadishead to discuss the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which proposes 1,600 houses to be built in the green belt near Irlam Station.

Passionate opposition speeches from the community covered all issues, from infrastructure to pollution, affordable housing to loss of Grade 1 agricultural land and the unstable site proposed for development. Not one single person present spoke in favour of the proposals.

Full details here...

STAR WARS LANDS IN ECCLES TO RAISE MONEY FOR AUTISTIC SOCIETY

Star date: 21st January 2019

DARTH VADER AND CO RAISE OVER £130 FOR AUSTIC SOCIETY

Star Wars characters landed in Eccles Shopping Centre at the weekend and raised £132 for the Autistic Society of Greater Manchester. Alongside Darth Vader were Stormtroopers, a Wookiee, Jedis and more.

Full details here...

MANCHESTER MELTDOWN 4 AT THE PEER HAT

Star date: 20th January 2019

ROSE AND THE DIAMOND HAND, BANG UP TO THE ELEPHANT, FOUR CANDLES AND MATTHEW HOPKINS

Manchester Meltdown 4
Wednesday 23rd January
The Peer Hat, Manchester

Four ace bands feature in Manchester Meltdown 4 this Wednesday, including two bands, Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins, who played at the Eagle Inn Salford Star Benefit last November. Ian Leslie chats with Matthew Hopkins' Julia about tales of mystery, magic and prostitution.

Full details here...

SALFORD LADY MARGARET MCHALE TURNS ONE HUNDRED AT THE BROUGHTONS

Star date: 20th January 2019

FROM HANKY PARK TO LITTLETON ROAD VIA LANCASTER BOMBERS AND THE 'MONKEY RUN'

Salford's Margaret McHale turned one hundred this week as her six children and relatives gathered for a huge party at The Broughtons Care Home. Born in Hanky Park, Margaret moved around central Salford, to Ellor Street, Warburton Street and finally to Littleton Road, as part of the slum clearances.

A proper Salford lass, Margaret worked on Lancaster Bombers during the war and as a machinist in Strangeways, and, as the family partied with residents and staff, there were a zillion anecdotes that will echo with loads of local families.

Full details here...

NEW SALFORD APPRENTICESHIPS AT ELECTRICITY NORTH WEST

Star date: 20th January 2019

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Electricity North West, the region's power network operator, is looking to take on young Salford people and has places for craft apprenticeships, which include overhead line workers and cable jointers, and higher level apprenticeships, which include roles such as design and control engineer.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx