Now in its 22nd year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. Judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.
After receiving regional and national RIBA Award wins, Ramboll is delighted that Hastings Pier and the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) have been shortlisted to receive the esteemed accolade. The winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Tuesday 31 October at the Roundhouse, London. View the full Stirling Prize shortlist here.
2017 has already been a very successful year for Hastings Pier; being named ‘Pier of the Year 2017’ by the National Pier Society and featuring in The Times top ten buildings and The Guardian’s top five buildings of 2016.
Following decades of abuse and a devastating fire in 2010, the much loved Victorian pleasure pier at Hastings was brought back to life thanks to a group of local people, funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and dRMM Architects. Ramboll played a key role in the restoration and regeneration of Hastings Pier, offering strategic advice to both the Pier Trust and Hastings Borough Council. At detailed design and construction phase, services provided on the project included structural design and laser scanning for the repairs to the substructure and design of the buildings. The project also required significant technical input on heritage, conservation engineering, marine engineering, building services, façades, environment and ecology.
'I am thrilled to have been part of the team that transformed Hastings pier. It has been particularly rewarding that when the pier is mentioned, everyone is always so enthusiastic about it, whether they live in Hastings, are visitors or have just seen pictures. The sense of community ownership and confidence in the pier's success is huge and has inspired the design team throughout the project. It is exciting that the judges have recognised just what an amazing place has been recreated.' Jackie Heath, Ramboll Associate.
The RIBA judges commented ‘It has taken a seven-year heroic collaboration to turn a smouldering pier in disrepair and decline into a vibrant public space with a palpable sense of ownership. This collaboration has been between the community, the Council, the engineers and the architect and it is the architect’s vision which has been vital throughout to steer the process.’ Read the full Hastings Pier RIBA review here.
Opened in 2014, the British Museum World WCEC cements the museum’s reputation as a world leader in the exhibition, conservation, examination and analysis of cultural objects from across the globe. Almost four years in the making, the building consists of five vertically linked pavilions (one of which is located entirely underground), and houses a new exhibition gallery, laboratories and conservation studios, storage, and facilities to support the Museum’ logistical requirements and loans programme. The WCEC won the Best Building in the Tourism and Leisure Sector award at the 2015 RICS Awards.
The RIBA judges commented ‘This building is the realisation of an extremely complicated brief in terms of spatial challenges, technical requirements, and engineering technologies. Its achievement derives from the elegant and simple way these challenges are met, while maintaining a clear and coherent diagram and a refined and rational building enclosure.‘ Read the full WCEC RIBA review here.