Hastings Pier scoops architecture award


A history of the pier in East Sussex, which has been devastated by a fire in 2010, has won a prestigious architecture award after a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Hastings Pier, which has reopened its doors in April 2016, beat out five other buildings of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize.

Now in its 22nd year, it is awarded each year to the UK’s best new building.

Riba president, Ben Derbyshire describes the “beautiful, flexible new pier” as “a masterpiece of regeneration”.

He also praised Hastings as ” the people of the country to find the 3 000 shareholders to buy 100 € on the issues of “the pier”.
2017 Riba Stirling prize shortlist



Other buildings vying for the awards this year included the new City, the Campus to the City of Glasgow College and of the esophagus, Barrett’s Grove housing scheme in north London.

Originally built in 1872, Hastings Pier was deemed the Wharf of the Year in April, following its £14.2 million restoration.


The redevelopment took more than two years and saw the pier of the old lodge converted into a restaurant, and a bar.

The rebuilt pier was designed by dRMM Architects, a london-based company, named after founders Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan.

By accepting the prize, de Rijke, commended the other candidates, saying: “You all have made beautiful buildings, but it seems that this year, which has really captured the imagination was not to make one in favour of public space.”Inspiration

The Stirling Prize judges praised the company for going “above and beyond” his “campaign, galvanizing and organization [of] the local support”.

They also praised the timber-clad structure “for his remarkable use of sustainable materials,” and said that the advice of the “inspiration” of the project.

This year, the judges included BBC journalist Evan Davis and Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects.

The latter designed Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, winner of the last year of the Riba Stirling Prize.

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