Death knell sounds for England’s most hated building…

Building voted the most hated in England is to be bought by local authority and razed.

Bournemouth borough council is to spend around £7.5m to rid the Dorset resort of the Waterfront leisure complex. Featuring dark glass and a wavy roof designed to represent the sea, the development, also known as the Imax building, caused an outcry when it was opened in 1998 owing to both its looks and the fact that it blocked a beloved view across the water to the Purbeck Hills.

The cinema, the centrepiece of the complex, did not open for almost three years, closed again soon afterwards and was not re-opened.

In 2005 the Channel 4 programme Demolition asked people which building they would like knocked down and the Imax was judged first in line in England.

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