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.


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.

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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