The RIBA has re-launched the Hastings Pier design competition, which it put on hold earlier this month following the structure’s near total destruction
With little of the partially-listed 1872 Eugenius Birch-designed tourist attraction remaining, the competition brief has been revised, but the process remains unchanged.
Hastings Pier was almost completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack on 5 October.
Update from RIBA competitions, 25 October
Following the fire in the early hours of the morning on 5th October, the decision has been taken to proceed with the competition to select an architect for the pier redevelopment. A sub-structural survey, commissioned by Hastings Borough Council, was carried out on the 11th October to assess the damage caused by the fire. The result of this suggests that whilst damage to the pier is substantial, there has been minimum impact to the columns of the sub-structure. Some emergency work to stabilise the pier needs to be done immediately, but the original ambition behind this project remains and anamended brief has been uploaded. This is a replacement to the original version issued which should now be disregarded.
Update from RIBA competitions, 5 October
This update follows today’s terrible news about the fire on Hastings Pier. A structural survey to assess the damage to the pier’s substructure will be carried out as a matter of urgency. It is everyone’s hope that the substructure of the pier (in its entirety or in part) will still be useable. Should this be the case the intention will be to proceed with plans for the competition, albeit with an amended brief. A meeting will be held in Hastings next Monday (11th October) with the engineers, soon after which further information regarding the state of the remaining structure should be known. A follow up statement will be issued as soon as a report is available, meantime the competition is on hold, and next week’s submission deadline of 14th October no longer applies. Anyone wishing to be kept up to date with developments should contact RIBA Competitions. Architects already registered will be contacted directly.
The deadline is 11 November
Client contact details:
To register please use the links below:
6 Melbourne Street
T: ++44 (0) 113 2341335
F: ++44 (0) 113 2460744
Read the revised competition brief
The old brief
RIBA Competitions has been appointed by Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) to support them in the selection of an architect for the redevelopment of Hastings Pier.
Opened in 1872, Hastings Pier is prominently positioned in the heart of the vibrant seaside towns of Hastings and St Leonards. Over recent years the condition of the pier has been left to deteriorate and in June 2006 the pier was partially closed, completely closing to the public in 2008. HPWRT was established with the ultimate goal of reopening and revitalising the pier as a community based asset. The view is that the pier will continue to deteriorate unless vital restoration work takes place. A compulsory purchase order of the pier has now been agreed by Hastings Borough Council, with a back to back transfer to HPWRT. The aim is now to select an architect design team to work with the HPWRT to support them in their future funding and design development strategy. Applications to Community Buildings and Heritage Lottery Funds for the renovation and redevelopment costs are underway.
Selection of the successful design team will be by competitive interview, and HPWRT is hoping to attract interest from designers with exceptional design skills and experience in engaging the local community. Experience in working in historical setting is ideal but not essential.
For further information visit www.architecture.com/competitions.
Expressions of Interest (EoI) should comprise:
A maximum of 8 A4 pages (may be 8 single sided or 4 double sided) to include the following information :
- Full contact details of the architectural practice
- An introduction to the practice, reason and motivation for applying for this project and specialist skills and experience
- Details of relevant projects, including images (clearly annotated)
- Names of consultants with whom the practice would propose to work, particularly structural engineer, M&E consultant and quantity surveyor.
The distinction should be made between completed projects, on-going projects and competition entries.
Three hard copies and one copy in pdf format on a CD-ROM should be submitted.
Hastings Pier Regeneration Scheme