Hastings ‘People’s Pier’ wins Stirling Prize

The reborn Hastings Pier, ravaged since it was built in 1878 by neglect, storm damage and then a devastating fire, has won the Stirling Prize for Architecture this year.

Instead of restoring the pier as it had been before the 2010 fire, it was “reimagined” by dRMM Architects as an open space for concerts, markets and public events rather than a traditional end-of-the-pier theatre.

It had the support of local people, 3,000 of whom became shareholders buying £100 stakes in the project as “The People’s Pier” which also got support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The annual Stirling Prize, now in its 22nd year, is awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects whose president, Ben Derbyshire, said: “Hastings Pier is a masterpiece of regeneration and inspiration. The architects and local community have transformed a neglected wreck into a stunning, flexible new pier to delight and inspire visitors and local people".

 

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