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Redcar Beacon misses out on design crown
THE distinctive Redcar Beacon has missed out on the ignominious prize – The Carbuncle Cup.
The colourful tourist attraction of the town’s seafront was between to the unwanted title by a multi-million-pound block of student accommodation on London’s Caledonian Road.
The 80ft structure - dubbed the vertical pier - split opinion across the town when the plans were initially unveiled and its courted more controversy after it was selected, along with five other new buildings, to fight it out for the Cup.
The winner, which was designed by Stephen George and Partners for University College London, was once a historic red brick warehouse that has now been largely demolished despite being protected.
Building Design magazine editor and juror on the panel, Ellis Woodman said: “There is no small irony in the fact that the building stands on the same street as HMP Pentonville.
“As the first intake of students move into their dark and far from private rooms next month, they might be forgiven for wondering why the prisoners have been provided with the better view.”
The Redcar Beacon, which was designed by Seven Architecture, in collaboration with Smeeden Foreman Architects, was competing with another five buildings shortlisted for the prize: Castle Mill housing, Port Meadow, Oxford, by Frankham Consultancy Group; Port Meadow, 465 Caledonian Road, London, by Stephen George and Partners; Avant Garde, 34-42 Bethnal Green Road, London, by Stock Woolstencroft; Porth Eirias Watersports Centre, Colwyn Bay, Wales, by K2 Architects; Premier Inn, Lambeth, London, by Hamiltons.
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