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dRMM bags largest windfall from HLF birthday bonanza

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has pledged £11.4million towards dRMM’s competition-winning proposal to revamp Hastings’ fire-damaged pier

Glenn Howells Architects’ remodelling of The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, was also among the six schemes handed a slice of the latest £22.5 million HLF bonanza (AJ 06.09.12).

Announced on the 18th anniversary of the lottery, the payout pot includes £1.8 million earmarked for Foster Wilson’s proposed overhaul of the 149-year-old Hoxton Hall, a community arts centre in Shoreditch, east London.

Speaking about the funding victory for dRMM’s much-anticipated restoration of the south coast landmark, Jo Brand, comedian, writer and actress, said: ‘Hastings Pier was where I spent a great deal of time as a teenager and it was the gathering point for a whole generation looking to see bands and dance the night away. So, I suppose it’s no surprise that I view it with enormous affection.

‘I was gutted when the Pier was gutted and it’s really great news that the Heritage Lottery Fund is awarding such a substantial sum of money to help with restoration work. I can’t wait to see the new pier rise out of the ashes in the next couple of years. Hooray.’

Glenn Howells Architects’ remodelling of The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshir

Glenn Howells Architects’ remodelling of The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire

The six projects (with HLF funding amounts):

  • Hastings Pier in Sussex (£11.4 million) by dRMM
  • Westonbirt Arboretum in the heart of the Cotswolds (£1.9 million) by Glenn Howells
  • Hoxton Hall, in London’s Shoreditch (£1.8 million) by Foster Wilson
  • St Mary at the Quay, a medieval church on Ipswich’s waterfront (£3.6 million)
  • Swiss Garden, in Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire (£2.8million)
  • Flodden Field, a battlefield in Northumbria (£877,300)

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