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Hopkins and Dunster win £50m battle of Hastings

A team including Michael Hopkins, BedZed's Bill Dunster and engineer Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick has won a competition to design a £50 million mixed-use scheme on a station goods yard in Hastings.

The consortium beat off rival firms on a stellar shortlist of Edward Cullinan Architects, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Lifschutz Davidson (also with Bill Dunster), Marks Barfield Architects and BPTW with Buschow Henley Architects. It will build about 120 homes and 16,000m2 of business and educational space. The design, on 1.5ha of land, will also include shops and offices.

Caroline Lwin, Hastings and Bexhill Task Force masterplan and urban design manager, said Hopkins' team won because of its track record designing university buildings at Nottingham and commercial architecture such as the acclaimed Saga HQ. She also praised Dunster's highly successful eco-friendly BedZed.

'It's a great development in the centre of the south coast, ' said Lwin.

'You will be able to live and work on the Station Plaza development, play in Paris and reach Brussels faster than London on some days.'

Station Plaza is one of several schemes penned for Hastings as part of a £400 million regeneration (see profile, page 22).

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