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Preston Railway Station named one of the UK’s ugliest buildings

Posted on - 29th January, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston buildings & attractions, Preston News
Setting sun over Preston Railway Station pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Railway Station is seen as a ‘global eyesore’ pic: Tony Worrall

One of the ‘ugliest buildings’ in the UK can be found in the heart of Preston, according to new unofficial data.

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Preston Railway Station comes third in the list of ugliest buildings in the UK, after 20.24 per cent of Twitter users unanimously criticised the building’s design in Buildworld’s survey.

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The Victorian station is also mentioned in the ‘The Top 10 Eyesore Buildings In The World’, rated as the fifth ugliest building.

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Builder’s Merchant, Buildworld, created a list of the most commonly ridiculed buildings across the world including the UK and US, that have been referenced through design-themed tweets.

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Preston Station's new side entrance Pic: Paul Melling
Preston Station’s new side entrance Pic: Paul Melling

They used a sentimental analysis tool – HuggingFace, to determine the percentages of tweets that were negative about each building’s design.

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A spokesperson for Buildworld said: “Preston’s Victorian station is fairly well-loved, despite its gloomy interiors.

“But when developers added a ‘contrasting’ modern entrance building, it became a quick contender for 2017’s Carbunkle Cup, with its nominator describing it as a “deadening cake tin slapped on its side… We’ve come a long way from Brunel.”

“Preston got its ticket for an entrance redesign deemed out of character with its Victorian setting. “

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