A Malawian-Asian owned building that houses Abdul Qadir Enterprises has been named as the worst building in Blantyre.
The Guardian, a United Kingdom publication, has named the shop which is located in Limbe as the worst building in the city.
According to the Guardian, the building was built between the 1950s and 1970s. The publication said the building is in a dilapidated state and described it as just a “block of bricks” that “has no character.”
However, the publication has rated the St Michaels and All Angels Church building as the best in the city. The church was constructed from 1888 to 1891 and was designed by Rev David Clement Scott who had no prior architectural training, but instead had the help of residents.
The publication described it as an architectural masterpiece that remains a source of pride for the city today.
However, the Abdul Qadir is one of 161 buildings earmarked for demolishing in Limbe and Blantyre city. This is part of a campaign by the Blantyre City Council which wants to give the city a new look.
The demolitions were expected to be carried out this month but some Blantyre City property owners took an injunction restraining the city from demolishing dilapidated structures. However, other owners are reportedly tearing down the buildings on their own.