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Maidstone's Ugliest Building 2014 has been named — can St Peter's Street's Travelodge be beaten to the title?

A hotel in Maidstone has been crowned the town's ugliest building

The town's Travelodge was the run-away victor in this year's competition with 75% of the vote.

The St Peter's Street hotel, which some have observed resembles toilet roll, opened in 2010 and is already showing signs of wear and tear.

The resounding winner of Maidstone's Ugliest Building 2014 is St Peter's Street's hotel
The resounding winner of Maidstone's Ugliest Building 2014 is St Peter's Street's hotel

The building was among seven buildings shortlisted for Maidstone's Ugliest Building 2014 with Colman House in King Street and the former Granada Theatre among those vowing for the title.

But the Travelodge built up an unasailable lead early on and in total more than 350 people voted for the eyesore that sits by the side of the River Medway.

Colman House, Colman Parade
Colman House, Colman Parade

A team of volunteers want to turn the ABC cinema, otherwise known as the Granada Theatre, into an arts centre.

It was once a major entertainment hub with acts such as The Who performing there. It has been empty for 15 years.

Maidstone Crown Court in Barker Road has also seen better days. Some cases have had to stop because of leaking toilets.

The future of the Chicago Rock Cafe is more uncertain. It has been closed for about 18 months after its owners went into administration and its future is unknown.

Chicago Rock, High Street
Chicago Rock, High Street

Bland post-war architecture is also present in parts of the town, with Lower Stone Street’s Miller House, the tower block above the Society Rooms in Week Street, and the block of flats in Waterloo Road prominent examples that are unlikely to change anytime soon.

Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Richard Thick said: “I voted against the Travelodge and I have been proven right.

“The office block [Colman House] at the top of the High Street is an ugly thing. The museum extension in St Faith’s Street is also a little out of place.

“Our town, however, is very attractive. Bank Street and the High Street are nice.”


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