Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Brighton trust on rocks as West Pier pastiche panned

  • Comment

Plans to rebuild Brighton's derelict West Pier using a pastiche of Modern and Edwardian styles have come under fire from the local architectural community.

The Brighton West Pier Trust is seeking private capital to create a £45 million modern leisure facility incorporating a replica Edwardian concert hall and artefacts from Eugenius Birch's Grade I-listed masterpiece.

The trust held talks with Brighton and Hove City Council and English Heritage last week, but the scheme has drawn scorn from Nick Lomax, managing director of Lomax Cassidy & Edwards, which has developed a 'state-of-the-art' alternative with Bennetts Associates (AJ 5.2.04).

Lomax believes an architectural blend would be the 'worst of both worlds' and is sceptical the project can win funding.

'Mixing styles is silly. It needs to be either totally modern or a replica rebuild, ' said Lomax.

And local architectural writer Chris Morley has also attacked the scheme, calling it extremely disappointing. 'I am not for pastiches.

Developers want something new and exciting because that is what customers want, ' said Morley.

But Brighton West Pier Trust general manager Rachel Clark believes the project is far less controversial than previous proposals.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.