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Zinc focal point for £14m Hastings Pier restoration


The Grade II-listed Hastings Pier, winner of this year’s Stirling Prize, has VMZINC® standing seam roofs in a natural finish. They are the most immediately recognisable feature of the £14.2m restoration, de Rijke Marsh Morgan’s vision having followed closure for eight years after a suspected arson attack.

Described as a national Victorian treasure, the natural zinc covers seating areas and will weather to take on the textured, natural grey patina for which the metal is renowned. The work was undertaken by specialist metals contractor Roles Broderick Roofing, whose craftsmen also installed ornamental handmade zinc finials.

Phase 1 of dRMM’s design has a new West African ekki hardwood deck, the restored Victorian Western Pavilion with two new ‘pods’ and seating areas with benches made from recovered decking. The Heritage Lottery Fund enabled preliminary repairs to be undertaken below deck – a combined result of the fire, salt water erosion and storm damage.

Phase 2 will see VMZINC PIGMENTO® Blue 1mm thick interlocking panels used on walls of the new visitor centre.

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