Hastings Pier has taken home the prestigious RIBA Stirling Best New Building award for 2017, beating out 5 other exceptional examples of modern architecture. The new City Campus at the City of Glasgow College, the Photography Studio for Juergen Teller in west London, the Barrett's Grove housing scheme in London's Stoke Newington, the Command of the Oceans display at The Historic Dockyard Chatham and the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre were all in contention for the award.
The Hastings Pier, famed for it’s live music performances during the 60‘s & 70s including Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks & The Rolling Stones, originally opened in 1872 and was tragically destroyed by fire back in 2010. The local community and beyond banded together and in just over two years enough money was raised by crowd-funding and help from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin the new era of a true town icon and national treasure.
The Pier, designed by London’s dRMM architects is now owned by the Hastings Pier Charity and over 3,000 shareholders and offers an open plan, free to the public design with a variety of attractions, food and drink options and of course the stunning view over the English Channel. The Pier has also seen the return of live music acts such as Madness & Boyzone.
Congratulations to dRMM for taking what was a horrific moment of local history and turning into not only a spectacular example of architecture but a place for locals and tourists alike to gather and make memories for many years to come. For more info on the Hastings Pier see here : http://hastingspier.org.uk/