Hastings Pier Bridge Building Workshop

We were particularly proud when local landmark, Hastings Pier designed by dRMM Architects won the RIBA’s coveted national architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017.

Following the RIBA National win, RX Architects led an architecture workshop for 25 children, aged 11-12 years, from a local Sussex school.

After a tour of the Pier with Peter Wheeler the Pier Engineer, from above and below on the beach, with crashing waves, students were led into the Birch Room, named after Eugenius Birch who first designed the Hastings Pier in 1872.

Each team of 5 children were given two packets of spaghetti, tape, elastic bands, glue guns and wire with a brief to build a bridge that would span a 60-centimeter gap.

RX Architects brief was two-fold; to come up with designs which were both strong but also aesthetically appealing. Each group had a member of staff from RX Architects to help them.

During the 90-minute build time there were discussions that led from the morning’s tour, as well as a buzz of energy and excitement.

In the end, all the bridges could span the abyss; but then they were tested for strength, using bags of sugar. The winning bridge held almost 750 grams!

Thanks to Hastings Pier Education Manager Susan Kent and Peter the Pier Engineer for a fascinating morning!

Did you know?? The wood used for the planks on the surface of Hastings Pier are heavier than water and if the wood was laid end to end it would reach France!

Hastings pier architecture workshop rxa east sussex architects
Hastings pier architecture workshop rxa east sussex architects
Hastings pier architecture workshop rxa east sussex architects