Brighton's West Pier made big headlines during the holiday break as a result of its further partial collapse. RIBA presidentelect George Ferguson's suggestion that a completely new pier might be considered reminded some of a competition in 1987 suggesting just that. It coincided with the holding of the UIA Congress in Brighton, and made plenty of headlines at the time. The winning scheme, which included elements the president-elect is keen on, such as making use of the tide, was by Simon Allford of AHMM. Perhaps its time has come, although support should surely be given to KSS, the architect trying to sort out the mess.