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RIBA relaunches Hastings Pier competition

The RIBA has relaunched its Hastings pier regeneration contest, just two weeks after a fire destroyed 95 percent of its structure

The competition was reopened after structural assessment found most of the sub-structure to be safe.

The renewed brief emphasises ‘ability to work within tight engineering limitations’. The programme includes sheltered open spaces and theatrical elements that engage with public artists.

A winning practice will be chosen by competitive interview and will be expected to work closely with the Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust (HPWRT) in their redevelopment plans which aim to resuscitate one of the most deprived areas in England.  The expression of interest deadline is 11 November 2010.

The abandoned pier first built in 1872 is currently being compulsorily purchased from its current owners, Panama based company Ravenclaw.

Postscript 2 November 2010

Demolition workers today moved on to a beach before dismantling unsafe sections of a fire-ravaged pier following a suspected arson attack last month.

Precariously-hanging columns beneath Hastings Pier in East Sussex will be removed over the coming days in an effort to make the structure more safe.

Council officials said emergency powers were being used to remove debris because the pier’s Panama-registered owner, Ravenclaw, has failed to take action.

Diggers have moved on to the beach in preparation for demolition work to start in earnest on the top part of the pier possibly on Wednesday.

A cherry-picker was used to enable surveyors to examine the extent of the damage and determine which areas demolition workers should concentrate on first.

The results from a detailed engineering survey are being eagerly awaited by campaigners to determine whether and at what cost the pier can be saved.

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