and Hastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling as part of a local employment initiative.
The pier is an extension of the promenade from which it projects; a large public open space. The experience of free space and ‘walking on water’ is heightened by the optics of a louvred balustrade design and quality timber deck. The new pier is a catalyst for urban regeneration. It offers flexibility, material and functional sustainability, and an uninterrupted vista of the natural and built surroundings of the special seaside town of Hastings.
Long term sustainability is essential to this popular symbol of local identity. The ongoing physical repair, rebuild, and transformation of the destroyed Hastings Pier is an exemplar of construction sustainability. This large scale construction project is also the site of social sustainability; galvanising community, volunteering, investment, employment, entertainment and tourism. Hastings Pier Charity managed the rebuild process and so far the first phase is complete.
The Pier transformation demonstrates how architecture can represent civic pride and politics, and has already inspired the regeneration of further derelict buildings and new businesses in Hastings.
The future of the Pier depends on popularity, programming, revenue and further funding. dRMM have drawn up future scenarios to encourage interest and kickstart further development of the Pier. Phase two includes ramp and stairs to sea level, connecting the deck with large boat landing stage, and a mobile roof canopy for sheltering large scale events such as concerts, films and markets. The landing stage would be a rebuild of the original, and the new canopy is conceived as an engineered timber parabolic structure. The canopy is designed to traverse the 280m length of the Pier, straddling the Visitor Centre and transforming its roofscape steps into a covered auditorium. This future phase offers further flexibility and allows the pier to be used throughout the winter season.
ClientHastings Pier Charity
Gross Floor Area (mq)11720
ArchitectsAlex de Rijke, Michael Spooner, Satoshi Isono, Oli Cunningham, Ryoko Kawaguchi, Eoin Horgan
Design teamRamboll (Marine, Structure, Building Services), PT Projects (Cost Consultant, CDM)
Main ContractorHastings Pier Charity
SuppliersHastings & Bexhill Wood Recycling
Photo CreditsAlex de Rijke, Francesco Montaguti, James Robertshaw
Curriculum studio / partecipantedRMM are recognised for creating architecture that is innovative, high quality and socially useful. We are a London-based studio of international architects and designers founded in 1995 by Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh, and Sadie Morgan. Our high profile, award winning projects include Trafalgar Place, Maggie’s Oldham, Hastings Pier, Faraday House and Clapham Manor Primary School. We owe our reputation to an incredibly talented and resourceful team, who work in the belief that outstanding architecture comes about through client collaboration, creative design, environmental awareness, and building innovation. We go out of our way to understand and realise client needs through detailed research and careful practice. We use standardised, cost-effective materials and building methods to make innovative architecture. For this, and our lightness of touch, the press and public have warmed to us and have described our architecture as joyful, flamboyant and unique.