The owner of Eastbourne Pier has said he is ‘100 per cent serious’ about purchasing Hastings Pier, after it went on the market yesterday (Tuesday, 20).
The charity which was previously running the landmark went into administration in November last year after it failed to reach self-funding status within three years.
Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who purchased Eastbourne Pier in 2015, has told More Radio he now has his sights set on Hastings.
“I am 100 per cent serious about Hastings Pier and we have expressed our interest.
“Running a pier is running a business and we all have to find ways of bringing in money.
“I want to bring the pier to life.
“If I can do something that’s unique, so that on the seafront it stands out, whether it’s gold, diamond, silver, whatever, I’m looking for tomorrow’s world.”
The pier has undergone a major transformation in recent years, after it was virtually destroyed by fire in 2010.
It was re-opened to the public in 2016, and has won a number of awards since, including the RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture in 2017.
Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said:
“We were very disappointed when the restored and award-winning pier went into administration late last year.
“The pier is an important asset to the town, and we are obviously keen to see it have a secure, long term future.
“We hope that the administrators are successful in finding a new owner for it, ideally one who recognises and develops the role of the local community in the future of the pier.”
Property agents GVA have now been instructed to find a buyer for the pier’s freehold.
Richard Baldwin from the company said:
“Hastings Pier has undergone a remarkable transformation, and now represents a modern, flexible, public leisure destination and venue, which retains a blend of both Victorian and modern architecture, refinement and charm.
“The pier is unique, and offers a custodian the opportunity to acquire a piece of Britain’s seaside heritage, with great potential as a leisure destination.”