Birds appreciate grim architecture

THE Jerwood Gallery has won a prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects - an achievement which sparked glowing self-congratulatory messages from the Jerwood itself and the leader of Hastings Borough Council.

So what was it that caught the eye of the RIBA judges as they surveyed the grim blockhouse that dominates The Stade?

Can it have been the tasteful steel grille that covers the entrance most of the time? Or perhaps it was the contrasting white seagull spatter which is now in danger of obscuring most of the shiny black façade?

Can it be that seagulls are better judges of local architecture than the professionals?

RICHARD LACEY

Harold Road