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Hastings Pier wins 2017 Riba Stirling Prize

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The restored construction used to be named Pier of the Year in April

A historical pier in East Sussex that used to be devastated via hearth in 2010 has gained a prestigious structure award after a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Hastings Pier, which reopened in April 2016, beat 5 different constructions to the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize.

Now in its 22nd yr, it’s introduced every year to the United Kingdom’s absolute best new construction.

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

He additionally praised Hastings’ locals for locating three,000 shareholders to shop for £100 stakes in “the people’s pier”.

  • 2017 Riba Stirling prize shortlist

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The redevelopment took greater than two years

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It price £14.2m to revive the pier

Other constructions shortlisted for this yr’s prize incorporated the brand new City Campus on the City of Glasgow College and the Barrett’s Grove housing scheme in north London.

Originally in-built 1872, Hastings Pier used to be judged Pier of the Year in April following its £14.2m recovery.

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The unique pier closed in 2008 and used to be ravaged via hearth in 2010

The redevelopment took greater than two years and noticed the pier’s former pavilion was a cafe and bar.

The rebuilt pier used to be designed via dRMM Architects, a London-based company named after founders Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan.

Accepting the prize, de Rijke praised the opposite nominees, announcing: “You’ve all done fine buildings, but it seems that this year what really captured the imaginations was not doing one – in favour of making public space.”


The Stirling Prize judges praised the corporate for going “above and beyond” in its “campaigning, galvanising and organising [of] local support”.

They additionally praised the timber-clad construction “for its remarkable use of sustainable materials” and mentioned that councils “should take inspiration” from the challenge.

This yr’s judges incorporated BBC journalist Evan Davis and Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects.

The latter designed Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, winner of ultimate yr’s Riba Stirling Prize.

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