Unwanted award for Menie Clubhouse

THE proposed new clubhouse at Trump International Golf Links has taken a thoroughly-unwanted accolade, winning the ‘Zit Building’ Award 2011 from Urban Realm Magazine - despite not having been built yet.

The award, which is made by the editorial staff at Urban Realm as part of annual Carbuncle Awards, recognises towns, developments and individual buildings in Scotland deemed blights on their locale. The Plook on the Plinth - for most undesirable town - went to Linwood, while plans to remodel Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens also came in for criticism from judges.

Describing the plans as ‘third-rate’, architect Michael Rasmussen said in Urban Realm: “If one is to design a pastiche of an historic building then at the very least it needs to be true to the scale, style and proportion of the period – this building is none of those.”

The award comes following Formartine Area Committee’s decision to give the go-ahead for the clubhouse to be built, in the face of objections from anti-Trump campaigners.

No one from the Trump International team was available for comment.