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Hastings Pier crowned UK's best new building

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It dates from the nineteenth century but Hastings Pier has been crowned the UK's best new building.

It was rebuilt after a devastating fire seven years ago.

Now it's scooped the coveted Stirling Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

It will boost the pier's profile as it seeks to book major bands and attract multi-million pound corporate sponsorship.

John Ryall spoke to Maria Ludkin from the Hastings Pier Charity and Alex de Rijke from architects DRMM.

Story of fire at Hastings Pier - 100 years ago today - retold

One hundred years ago Hastings Pier was ravaged by fire, almost a century before the 2010 blaze which devastated the Victorian structure.

Today the story of the 1917 fire is being retold - while the new pier goes from strength to strength.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to historian Dr Chris Kempshall and Jo Stewart from the Hastings Pier Charity.

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Hastings Pier voted the best

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Hastings Pier has been voted pier of the year in a national competition. After a devastating fire in 2010 there were fears for its future, but a lottery grant of more than £11 million saw it rebuilt and it reopened last year. The original structure opened in 1872 and was Britain's first 'pleasure' pier devoted to entertainment. 24,000 visitors paid 2d each to stroll along it that first week.

Hastings won the award from members of the National Piers Society. It narrowly beat Worthing, which came second for the third year running, while Llandudno again took third place.

During its lifetime the pier has featured amusement arcades, shops, bars, restaurants, Bingo and even a zoo! In August 1964 The Rolling Stones played to a capacity audience in the pier ballroom; they were followed by The Who and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Maria Ludkin, Chair of the Hastings Pier Trustees, said: "We are absolutely delighted that our wonderful community-owned pier has won this prestigious award. It is thanks to our dedicated staff, hardworking volunteers and all the visitors who have supported us."

Hastings Pier fight taken to court

Hastings Pier is at the centre of a row between the local council and businesses

Hastings Council has taken a fight to the highest court in the land. The local authority is mounting a last ditch bid to avoid paying compensation for closing part of the pier ten years ago.

The dispute is between the council which said part of the structure wasn't safe, and the companies that were based on the pier, which were affected by having no customers. The judges at The Supreme Court have been hearing the argument from both sides. From Middlesex Guildhall, Andrea Thomas reports.

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Compensation battle over Hastings Pier goes to High Court

Hastings Pier officially reopened in May after a devastating fire Credit: ITV Meridian

A battle over compensation for the closure of Hastings Pier reaches the Supreme Court today.

Hastings Council is making a last attempt to avoid paying businesses for shutting part of the pier in 2006 for health and safety reasons.

Lawyers are trying to secure the money for creditors of one of the traders.

Hastings Pier officially re-opens

Hastings Pier has been officially reopened - six years after a devastating fire. Over ninety thousand people have visited the restored pier over the last month. But today's official gala - ahead of tonight's concert by Madness - shows Hastings Pier is back in business. Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Beatrice Rapley, Learning and Education Manager; Simon Opie, Chief Executive of Hastings Pier Charity and Sid Saunders, a resident of Hastings.

Meeting over new pier structure

Work on the new pier is due to be completed next year Credit: Hastings Pier Charity

The charity reconstructing Hastings pier are meeting today to discuss the importance of the structure to local heritage.

The rebuilding of the pier is well under way after it was destroyed by fire in 2010.

It is due to be completed next year.

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