Bookmaker William Hill has paid out thousands of pounds to punters who bet on dRMM’s hotly tipped Hastings Pier revamp to win this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize
The £14.2 million seafront project had originally been offered at 4/1 to win the title of Britain’s best new building. But its odds were slashed to just 11/8 as it became increasingly heavily backed.
According to William Hill, one customer won £1,200 after wagering £400 on the ‘masterpiece of regeneration’ when the bookmaker was offering the pier at 3/1.
William Hill spokesperson Rupert Adams said: ‘It was one of the, if not the, worst results we have ever had on the Stirling Prize.
‘Hasting Pier started as a 4/1 shot and was heavily backed early on and went off as the favourite.’
The bookies’ early frontrunner was Groupwork + Amin Taha’s Barrett’s Grove scheme in east London, but within days of the shortlist being announced in July the pier had replaced it after attracting a flurry of early bets of up to £100.
Before last night dRMM had never won the RIBA Stirling Prize, though it had been nominated twice before: for Clapham Manor School in 2010 and Trafalgar Place in 2016.
Final odds (30 October)
11/8 Hastings Pier by dRMM
5/2 City of Glasgow College, City Campus by Reiach and Hall with Michael Laird Architects
3/2 The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
6/1 Barrett’s Grove, Stoke Newington by Groupwork + Amin Taha
7/1 Photography Studio for Juergen Teller by 6a architects
7/1 Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects
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Judges’ citations - Hastings Pier, East Sussex by dRMM Architects
Hastings Pier is a project that has evolved the idea of what architecture is and what architects should do.
dRMM’s role has been utterly pivotal in realising this masterpiece of subtle, effortless design. They have driven this project through to completion: campaigning, galvanising and organising local support throughout each aspect of the funding stage. They went above and beyond what most people think of as the role of the architect – and then they kept going!
dRMM show what incredibly talented and dedicated architects can do: inspire, think big, interact and engage with communities and clients to help them to achieve the seemingly impossible; this is a great message for young architects following in their footsteps.
The vital importance of building sustainably runs throughout the RIBA’s awards, and Hastings Pier deserves special recognition for its remarkable use of sustainable materials and positive social impact. The architects have designed a process as much building, and have designed the Pier to evolve and grow.
This project shows that local communities working with architects can make a huge difference. Councils across the country should take inspiration from Hastings Pier, and open their eyes to the unique assets that can be created when such collaborations take place.
Client Hastings Pier Charity
Contractor Hastings Pier Charity
Structural engineer Ramboll UK
Environmental / M&E engineer Ramboll UK
Quantity surveyor / cost consultant PT Projects
Marine engineer Ramboll UK
Internal area 11,720m²
RIBA Stirling Prize winner 2017: Hastings Pier by dRMM
Source: Alex de Rijke