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Luder's Tricorn Centre tops 'most hated building' survey

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Owen Luder has blamed unimaginative local authorities for being 'incapable of looking after buildings' after his Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth was declared the most despised building in the UK this week and Durham Cathedral the most admired.

Ex-RIBA president Luder's scheme netted 1,982 votes, more than 28 per cent of the total in BBC Radio 4's To d a y survey. Built in 1967, it won a Civic Trust award for its 'exciting visual composition' and English Heritage assessed it for listing six years ago.

Now it is scheduled for demolition and Luder blamed its unpopularity on a lack of maintenance.

'It's been around for 40 years and for 35 of those it's been left to rack and ruin, ' he said. Luder said other buildings, such as Broadway Malyan's new residential tower at Vauxhall, St George Wharf, should have been mentioned, for its 'total lack of sensitivity'.

The Tricorn beat Heathrow Airport into second place, ahead of Buckingham Palace, Coventry City Centre, and The National Theatre. Durham Cathedral ran away with the most loved title, with 4,579 people voting for it.

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