Wembley student accommodation block nominated for ugly building prize

Victoria Hall on North End Road is in the running for the Carbuncle Cup award

A new student accommodation block in Wembley is in the running for an architecture prize – but its owners won’t be celebrating if it wins.

Victoria Hall Student Accommodation in North End Road, Wembley, has been nominated in the annual Carbuncle Cup award which is given by Building Design magazine for Britain’s ugliest building.

The block, which opened it doors earlier year, has become a notable feature in the borough’s skyline and is yards from the award-winning Wembley Stadium.

To qualify a building must have been completed within the last 12 months


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Julian Mebb, who manages the building, disagreed with the notion that the building was worthy of such an unwanted prize

He told the Times: “Personally I like it. It is state of the art fantastic building.

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“It will fit in when the rest of Wembley is cleared up. When you put it next to Wembley Stadium it really does stand out as the jewel in the crown.”

The name ‘carbuncle’ is derived from a comment made by Prince Charles, who in 1984 described a proposed extension of The National Gallery as “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”

To nominate Victoria Hall email bdonline@ubm.com or tweet using hashtag carbuncle cup.

The winner will be announced later this month.

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