Our Year 7 pupils visited Hastings Pier on 23rd November,  just weeks after it won the coveted national architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017.

After a tour of the pier with Pier Engineer, Peter, from above and below on the beach (with crashing waves), students were led in an architecture workshop by a team of local architects from Rye practice, RX Architects, in the Birch Room. This room is named after Eugenius Birch who first designed Hastings Pier in 1872 and also Eastbourne Pier and the West Pier at Brighton.

The children made spaghetti bridge structures which had to span a minimum width of 60 centimetres. The brief was twofold; to come up with designs which were both strong but also aesthetically appealing.

Prizes were given for the two best designs with the strongest and best designed structures – although all the teams came up with different structures which spanned the 60 centimetres and could withstand the weight of 1 kilogram  (a bag of sugar).

We would like to thank Hastings Pier Education Manager, Susan Kent, Peter the Hastings Pier Engineer and the team at RX Architects, for a really fascinating and fun morning.