According to the politician who awarded planning permission to the building which has just won the booby-prize for architecture:
Councillors fell for promises that the brief was never going to deliver
Just how did Woolwich Central get planning? (by the man who gave it) | Features | Building Design
Carbuncle Cup 2014 winner announced | Features | Building Design
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the Skypark fly-through: "Many a contentious proposal has shimmied through the planning process (and on to the sales office) on the back of a series of CGIs, gleaming evocations that are liable to be slight on detail and heavy on seductive gleam."
... let alone the promise of 'jobs and homes':
Futures Forum: "The new build for the western growth area of the district will provide much-needed business and employment for the young families as they set up new homes."
Futures Forum: East Devon, the retail sector and questions about job creation: "How we can help meet the needs of business into the future in a world of enterprise and entrepreneurism..."
Meanwhile, supermarkets are a power to be reckoned with:
Futures Forum: Can supermarkets ever be sustainable? ... 'Localising economies is a better way of making an economy more transparent and giving people more control.'
September 3, 2014 8:47 am
Tesco centre awarded Carbuncle Cup’s worst new building
Tesco centre awarded Carbuncle Cup’s worst new building - FT.com
Tesco scoops Carbuncle Cup for 'inept, arrogant, oppressive' Woolwich store | Art and design | The Guardian
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