You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone – did our council fail to grasp the significance of pier’s 2017 Stirling Prize?

Announcing this year’s winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize judges described it as a ‘modest masterpiece”. This year’s winner was Goldsmith Street in Norwich also described as ‘an architectural marvel’. Judges say it represents what has become a rare breed: streets of terraced homes built directly by the council, rented with secure tenancies at fixed social […]

Owner says making success of Hastings Pier is his priority

Making a success of Hastings Pier is a priority for its owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar. Speaking this week about why he has put two of his Eastbourne hotels up for sale Mr Gulzar says: “Eastbourne Pier is an amazing success… buying Hastings Pier represents a massive challenge to me and now I am determined to […]

Amusements in a fortnight… cabins might take a little longer

Hastings Pier’s ‘family entertainment centre’ will be open within the next two weeks. Brett McLean, one of the spokesmen for pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar, confirmed to Hastings In Focus that the centre, approved by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee at the beginning of the month, will open within that timescale, occupying the building in […]