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.’
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)