I deliberately left out "Gold Rover" and other RFAs as I didn't want to be accused of bias! However, The Rovers were designed during the early to mid 1970s..and the 2 earlier "Forts" not much later. So here we are looking at designs nearly 40 years old. Forts "Grange" and "Austin" were really just improved "Nesses". Indeed, the internal layout was almost identical. And that goes back to the early 1960s. The only thing that spoils the lines of Grange and Austin is that ruddy great hangar complex. Again, function over form.
If the designers hadn't used the Ness class as a template then the hangar could have been blended in to the rest of the superstructure to give a much more pleasing profile.
Although (to my mind) the new Forts (George and Victoria) are externally almost "pretty" considering their "function", internally they are dreadful. During my brief period on "George" I could find neither rhyme or reason why the internal layout should be so complex. Nowhere do the alleyways go to where a logical mind would expect them to go. I won't even mention the "buoyancy" tanks that dominate the back end of the ships, the gun sponsons that limit "overside" views from the bridge or the fact that the steering wheel is not even on the centre-line!. No, the outside is OK, but more like an overcomplicated factory inside. BY.