Marcon played a key role in the restoration and reopening of the iconic Hastings Pier. The famous pier underwent two years of renovation works at a cost of £14.2m.
Closed for safety reasons in 2008 and virtually destroyed by fire in October 2010, a local action group raised the funds to rebuild the 140 year-old structure, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Memories Room allows visitors to explore the Pier’s fascinating history by using a range of interactive multi-touch tables to discover pictures, postcards, photographs, posters and gig tickets from the past. The popular Birch Room is an educational hub hosting a wide range of workshops for children, families and the wider community, as well as exploring Hastings Pier’s history with an audio visual exhibition.
Working closely with the Hastings Pier Charity and interpretive designers DESIGNMAP, Marcon was responsible for the manufacture and installation of all specialist joinery, coordination of audio visual hardware, perimeter graphics and wayfinding signage, installation of interpretive rails along the full length of the pier and the installation of a feature periscope that allows visitors to view under the pier. In addition, Marcon manufactured the mobile interactive units, research kiosks and interactive audio visual multi-touch tables within the Memories Room.
Marcon were proactive throughout the design development process which greatly benefited the final installed scheme. In particular the interior ‘mini-pier’ mobile interpretation stations and exterior ‘topsy-turvy periscope’ have been a great success.
Daniel Sutton, Managing Director, DESIGNMAP
Hastings Pier Charity