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From modern missteps to ageing eyesores, the UK has its fair proportion of controversial buildings. The ugliest is a landmark in Scotland, in line with one study.

Ugliest buildings within the UK (Buildworld)

  1. Scottish Parliament Constructing (Edinburgh)
  2. Newport Station (Newport)
  3. Preston Train Station (Preston)
  4. Royal Liverpool Hospital (Liverpool)
  5. MI6 Constructing (London)
  6. One Hyde Park (London)
  7. Bridgewater Place (Leeds)
  8. Redcar Beacon (Redcar)
  9. Balfron Tower (London)
  10. Shankly Hotel (Liverpool)

Buildword analysed tweets and reviews of the buildings to seek out the UK’s ugliest architectural missteps.

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The seat of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Scottish Parliament Constructing was crowned the UK’s ugliest constructing.

Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the ambitious project in October 2004 after construction began in 1999.

The constructing was dogged with controversy from the outset with the selection of location, the design and the architect criticised by politicians and the general public.

Costing a whopping £414million, the constructing was designed by Enric Miralles, a Spanish architect.


Visitors can take a look at the constructing on a tour or a self-guided visit and there’s also an exhibition and a present shop.

‘Travelleronwheels’ wrote on Tripadvisor: “That is clearly a little bit of a Marmite constructing. I’m quite a fan of most recent architecture but I just stood outside wondering ‘what were they pondering!’”

‘LoftusroadRunner’ said: “They spent all that cash and it looks like that from the skin, but don’t be postpone. It’s done thoroughly on the within and quite an interesting place to go.”

Normally the within the constructing was way more popular with visitors and is usually shown on TV during debates within the Scottish Parliament.

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Newport Station could be Wales’ second busiest train station, however it doesn’t look good doing it.

In 2011, the station was named the ugliest constructing of the 12 months within the Carbuncle Cup, and doesn’t appear to have won many admirers since.

In England, one other train station took the crown because the country’s ugliest constructing. Preston Station was inbuilt 1880 and prolonged in 1903 and 1913.

Royal Liverpool Hospital in Liverpool was also slated and has previously been voted the town’s ugliest constructing.

Within the capital, the MI6 constructing at Vauxhall took the primary spot as the town’s ugliest architectural eyesore.

Overlooking the Thames, the constructing has been the headquarters of the UK’s foreign intelligence agency since 1994.

Resulting from the character of MI6 work, tourists won’t be getting a glance contained in the constructing but can critique the skin from Vauxhall Bridge or a river tour.

One Hyde Park, a residential and retail complex in Knightsbridge, was the capital’s second ugliest constructing.

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