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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…


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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 .
 
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