Soaring prices blamed for changes to pier visitor centre

Hastings Pier 22/9/15 SUS-150922-131833001
Hastings Pier 22/9/15 SUS-150922-131833001

Soaring prices have been blamed for a major design change to one of the key buildings on Hastings Pier.

The original design for the visitor centre was for it to be finished in mirrored glass.

But in the latest newsletter from the Hastings Pier Charity, it was revealed that the finish of the building will now be based on “recycled deck boards with stainless steel features to harmonise with the Old Pavilion building”.

Pier shareholder Susan McCartney, who lives in Leeds but grew up in Hastings, says the charity should have consulted people on the change.

She said: “As a community pier with shareholders, should there not have been a consultation on this major change and also canvassing of the Hastings residents to see if this change would meet with approval or not?

“There is a high chance this will make the visitor centre look more like a large shed or shipping container from a distance, and certainly not inviting to visitors and tourists alike!”

In a statement, the Hastings Pier Charity said: “The original plans for the visitor centre were drawn up in early 2012 as the basis of our successful bids for funding.

“Since then the building trade and the prices have moved on substantially.

“The exterior treatment proposed for the visitor centre in 2012 was tendered and not achievable for the budget allocated.

“We therefore requested our architects to revisit the design and they drew up alternate and most appropriate plans for the exterior cladding.”

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