From smouldering pier to lively public space
dRMM Architects for Hastings Pier Charity
Contract value: £14.2m
A heroic seven-year collaboration has turned a smouldering pier into a lively public space. After extensive consultation, it was clear to dRMM that the pier would be expected to host many activities. The architect had to write the brief and help raise the budget before redesigning the pier.
The master-move was to design a community led and owned serviced platform for many uses, from concerts to international markets. The large open space has a sense of calmness and delight, with a strong connection to the sea and the seafront.
The new visitor centre is a relatively simple CLT structure clad in timber salvaged from the fire-damaged pier. This helps create a strong feeling of place and belonging. From fundraising as it was smouldering to securing ownership and winning funding, Hastings pier owes a lot to the leadership of the client.
Regional Project Architect of the Year – Alex de Rijke
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