Hastings Pier has been named the winner of a highly prestigious award for British architecture.
The pier and its architects dRMM were awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at the Roundhouse in London last night (Tuesday, 31).
It follows a restoration of the building which opened to the public in May last year.
The Stirling Prize is awarded to the building in the UK which has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year.
Hastings Pier was one of six buildings shortlisted for the award.
Among its competitors were the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre in London, and the Glasgow College City Campus.
The win caps off a big year for the pier, which was also given the title of Pier of the Year 2017 from the National Piers Society.
The pier received three regional awards for the South East from RIBA in May.
THE ANNOUCEMENT 🎉🎉👍 pic.twitter.com/swumqkvbCq
— Hastings Pier (@Hastings_Pier) October 31, 2017
In a statement on their website, the Hastings Pier Charity said it was ‘delighted’ to win the award.
The statement said:
“To have our Pier recognised at the very highest level is an extraordinary achievement – and this award belongs to the people of Hastings who came together to save this historic landmark and made it a beacon of a town’s regeneration.
“This prize places Hastings Pier in the pantheon of Britain’s most iconic buildings.”
— dRMM (@dRMMArchitects) October 31, 2017
Judges from RIBA looked at a range of criteria to decide the award.
These included design vision, innovation and originality, how the building could engage and delight visitors, and how fit it is for its purpose.
Previous winners of the award include 30 St Mary Axe in London – also known as the Gherkin – and the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh.