HASTINGS SCOOPS DESIGN AWARD
BOLD 'RED WALL' WINS STIRLING PRIZE

The 2021 Riba StIrling Prize for outstanding public architectural design has gone to Hastings for the second time in three years. In a bold scheme on an important stretch of the seafront. East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council have combined to produce what has been described as "a visual feast" and "the perfect eyesore". The scheme involved the removal of the car parking bays which served those Hastings businesses lining the road, and the erection in their place of a 'startlingly innovative' dayglo red moulded plastic fence, which some observers have compared to The Great Wall of China.

 

The Riba judges praised the councils for going "above and beyond" in their "campaigning, galvanising and organising of local support".

They also praised the eye-jarring structure "for its remarkable use of unsustainable materials" and said that other councils "should take inspiration" from the project.

This year's judges included local journalist Robert Dulle, the blind poet Cuthbert Spoon, punk flower arranger Dave Bastard, author of Wake Up and Smell the Compost, and theatre critic Wilfred Hyde-Woke.

 

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