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.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Thursday 14th October 2010.