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Aberdeen nominated as most dismal town in Carbuncle awards

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Aberdeen has been nominated for the unwanted title of the most dismal town in Scotland.

Urban Realm magazine has said the so-called Granite City is in the running for the infamous annual Plook on the Plinth Carbuncle award, on the grounds Aberdeen is "where architecture goes to die".

Fellow nominees include Cumbernauld and Lochgelly.

The Plook on the Plinth award was established in 2000 to provoke debate.

'Poor relation'

Urban Realm editor John Glenday said: "Aberdeen has a rich granite heritage and in the Victorian era the city was built to last, sadly the same can't be said of the flimsy, ill-considered buildings going up across the city today.

"Despite its riches Aberdeen has become the poor relation of the Scottish cities."

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Civic Society said mistakes had been made but they did not think the nomination was fair.

The winner will be announced early next year.

Previous winners of the award include Cumbernauld and Glenrothes.

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