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Today Building Design named this year's recipient of the Carbuncle Cup, the annual program that names the worst of the worst in new British architecture. This year's Cup goes to Woolwich Central in south east London designed by the firm Sheppard Robson.

Building Design editor Thomas Lane, one of four judges, writes that the project is a "classic case of gross overdevelopment" and "diminishes the efforts of those who have worked hard to regenerate this run-down, deprived part of London."

Sheppard Robson

Sheppard Robson emailed over comments. "The aim was to create a cohesive piece of strong architecture that unlocked this vast space and establish a desirable place to live," the statement said. It also noted that the structure's flats "sold incredibly quickly."

Woolwich Central was picked from a shortlist of six from an initial 13 nominations. Last year's Carbuncle Cup [paywall] went to 465 Caledonian Road by Stephen George & Partners.