UK’s Hasting Piers crowned best new building by RIBA

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Hastings Pier has been crowded with the UK’s best new building.

The building was constructed in 1872 but was ravaged by fire in 2010 and had to close two years earlier because of storm damage.

Standing tall on the East Sussex coast and overlooking the English Channel, its resurrection has been described by judges as a “phoenix risen from the ashes”.

Designed by dRMM Architects, it has been awarded this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize.

RIBA President and Prize Jury Chairman, Ben Derbyshire, praised the structure as 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,” he said.

The project was partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and crowdfunding, with 3,000 shareholders buying a stake in the project at £100 a share.

The 19th-century structural iron-work, hidden below deck, has been restored and strengthened and the surviving Victorian Pavilion, one of two buildings on the site, is now an open plan, glazed cafe-bar, with the deck set aside for large-scale concerts, markets and public gatherings.