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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.

Salisbury hospital win ArtCare award

Rebecca Seymour from Salisbury Hospital with a patient on the project Credit: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Salisbury District Hospital has won an award for its creative work with older hospital patients.

The hospital was commended at the Arts and Health South West Awards for its 'Young at Heart' project for providing stimulating activities for elderly patients.

Peter Ursem, Head of Artcare said: "These awards were created to celebrate inspirational arts and creative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of people within their wider community.

"Young at Heart enables patients to take part in story telling, singing and craft, which can keep their minds active,lift their mood and provide an enjoyable distraction from hospital life."


Team in line for major award

Members of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Eye Unit, who have been nominated for a national award Credit: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

The team’s nomination will now be considered by a judging panel, who will decide on the overall winners.

Awards will be presented at the society’s annual London conference on September 28.

Helen Jackman, Chief Executive of the Macular Society, said: “Staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital eye clinic do an incredible job and we are delighted they have been recognised for their excellent work."

Delight at award nomination

Clinical Lead of the RBH Eye Unit, Consultant Mrs Non Matthews, said: “All of the Eye Unit staff are so pleased and proud to receive this nomination.

"We try very hard to deliver a friendly, efficient and caring service, with all members of the team contributing to the patient experience.

"We are delighted that this is being recognised with this nomination to the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.”

John Bright, a patient who nominated the team, said: “I cannot praise all of the staff enough. They are courteous, helpful and efficient. In addition the waiting rooms are light, airy and clean."

Hospital eye unit praised

A team of hospital eye specialists has been nominated for a national award.

The Eye Unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) is in the running for the ‘Clinical Service of the Year’ award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.

The nomination recognises the department’s exceptionally good practice in the care of people with macular degeneration.


Titanic event is nominated for a special award

The event was hosted by Fred Dinenage Credit: David Meikle

A special event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The event was hosted by ITV Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage and attended by many relatives of those who died.

Solent Southampton Universiy were behind much of the organising and are nominated for the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community. It helped the city commemorate the centenary of the Titanic leaving the docks on its ill fated voyage.

The event recounted the stories of the many crew and passengers, paying tribute to them and giving the city of Southampton a sense of closure on its unique sense of loss.

Award winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on November 29.

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