A HOME described as looking like a Lego brick did not win an award for the worst architecture in the UK.

The modern extension to a Victorian house in Malvern Link was shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup 2017, an award run by the website Building Design.

The extension has been added to the Somers Road house, which is owned by Edward Elgar - a descendant of the famous composer of the same name who made Malvern his home.

Mr Elgar, 49, and his wife Charlotte bought the house for £1 million in October 2014.

The extension was designed and built to be used as a huge kitchen and dining area.

Mrs Elgar’s father James Waits, 77, of Worcester, said: “Edward is a descendant of Sir Edward Elgar.

“I am not entirely sure what the link is, I believe he is a great nephew or something similar but he is certainly related.

“I absolutely love the building. I think someone who nominated it for this award is suffering from jealously. It is a marvellous piece of architecture.”

It is not the first time Mr Elgar and his wife have upset their neighbours with dramatic changes to their home.

In July 2015 the couple sparked anger from residents living nearby when they lodged a planning application to fell 30 trees on their land.

The extension was nominated by Robert Smith, who described it as a Lego brick.

He said: “I am aware that planning guidelines today are to keep a clear boundary between new and old structures, but the architect has made no attempt to unify the house and now most people assume this family home to be a medical centre.”

The extension was designed by Vivid Architects of Britannia Square, Worcester, who yesterday declined to comment.

Mr Elgar declined to comment.

But a neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It would have been a lot worse if the whole thing had been knocked down and replaced with a block of flats.

"That would have been a lot worse for the area. At least this way the Victorian house is retained.”

The Carbuncle Award was won by Nova Victoria, a mixed office and residential scheme in London.