When construction of Hastings Pier’s rebuild began in late 2013, 90% of the pier’s superstructure was in ruins; the western Pavilion shelter building, badly damaged in the fire and in need of significant restoration work, was the only original building that could possibly be saved.

But making the pier structurally sound was by far the biggest challenge and most expensive part of the project.


Photos: John Cole

The restoration required:

3,000 tonnes of steel to replace 70% of the existing steelwork. That’s the equivalent of 400 double-decker buses!
50 miles of durable West African, marine-grade Ekki wood planking from renewable sources (enough to reach across the English Channel and back).
510,000 screws, all of which were fixed by hand.

The pier’s rebuild has taken over 125,000 hours to complete. We are indebted to all the site workers, contractors and construction specialists, who have worked incredibly hard on this project in all weathers - lashing rain, high winds, very cold winters and the heat of the Hastings summer sun.

Hastings Pier Charity thanks the many organisations and individuals who have contributed to the reconstruction of the Pier:

Arco (safety work wear)
B.E.M Builders Ltd (construction of welfare area)
Beach Cafe St Leonards, Warrior Square

Best Demolition (demolition of the burnt out Ballroom on the Pier Head)
C.B Electric (main electric cables)
Crane Hire Hastings (restoration of cast ironwork)
dRMM Architects
Ecochoice Ltd (supply of timber for decking)
Eco-Rend South East Ltd (render to Pavilion) 

Foundation Piling (piling for The Deck)
FPE Global Holdings Ltd (structural steelwork to form the main structure)
Insitu (Geotech investigation)
KLH (The Deck - building structure)
Konform UK Ltd (The Deck - concrete slab)
Mather and Smith (cast iron balustrade refurbishment and construction of services access crawlway)
Oceanas Electrical & Lightning Protection Ltd (lightning protection)
Premier Electric (drainage and water supply)
PT Projects
Ramboll (heritage assessment, conservation and structural engineering, marine engineering, environment and ecology consulting, facades and building services engineering)
Roles Broderick (zinc roofing)
South Coast Structures (replacement of Columns 258, 300a and 305a & other works)
Strata Construction Group (The Deck - fit out)
TimberCraft UK (lift, repair and re-lay existing timber decking and lay new timber decking)
Trade Paints (supply of paint)
Triangle Fire Systems Ltd (sprinkler and dry riser)