New schools, hospitals and town halls ‘should have to pass a beauty test, experts say


NEW schools, hospitals and town halls should have to pass a beauty test, experts say.

They want a planning permission law for public buildings to be “pretty”.

Public buildings must look ‘pretty’, say experts

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Public buildings must look ‘pretty’, say expertsCredit: Alamy

The influential think-tank Onward said the change would help restore civic pride in Britain’s left-behind regions.

It named and shamed the ten ugliest public buildings, with London Met university’s graduate centre the worst.

Onward director Will Tanner said: “Many towns in the North and the Midlands were once thriving centres of commerce endowed with public buildings which spoke for the ambitions of their place.

“Today many of them suffer the ignominy of ugly town squares and unassuming administrative buildings.”

Nicholas Boys Smith, chairman of the Building Beautiful, Building Better Commission, said of public buildings: “They should not be built to look disposable or cheap.”

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Top ten ugliest buildings

  1. London Met Graduate Centre 
  2. Preston Railway Station extension 
  3. Port Glasgow Town Centre 
  4. Buckinghamshire Council offices, Aylesbury 
  5. Essex Police HQ, Chelmsford 
  6. Quay House, MediaCityUK, Salford 
  7. Darlington Town Hall 
  8. Barnstaple Civic Centre 
  9. Bank View School, Liverpool 
  10. Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh
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