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Gulzar wants vintage arcade at Hastings

Gulzar, Hastings Pier
Work and Pensions secretary Amber Rudd paid a visit to Hastings Pier on the last day of November, to survey the conclusion of repairs after a small electrical fire broke out in the pier’s cafe. The Hastings & Rye MP and former home secretary toured the attraction with its owner Abid Gulzar - who used the opportunity to confide in...

Hastings Pier back in business

Hastings Pier, waves
Hastings Pier reopened last Saturday, after an electrical fire in the pier cafe put the attraction out of action for a week. It has been five months since the pier came under the new ownership of property magnate Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who has credited the “very quick thinking” of his staff in “minimising the damage” caused on the morning of...

Hastings ready for action: New owner Gulzar applies for retail units on pier

Hastings pier, Eastbourne, attractions, Sheikh Abid Gulzar,
The owner of Hastings and Eastbourne piers has made the latest move in his bid to make the former a viable year-round attraction. The owner of Hastings Pier has entered an application for planning permission build five new retail units on the attraction’s decking. The application, submitted by Sheikh Abid Gulzar to Hastings Borough Council, describes the units as log cabins...

Gulzar sets sights on year-round successes

Gulzar, Sheikh Abid Gulzar, Hastings Pier, amusements
After completing the purchase of Hastings Pier and overseeing a positive summer period, Sheikh Abid Gulzar has stated that the goal is now to make it a year-round attraction. Speaking at the weekend Sheikh Abid Gulzar, owner of Eastbourne and Hastings Piers, commented that the long summer has been particularly good for business, but work must now be undertaken to...

National Piers Society sees positive future for Hastings’ new owner

Hastings Pier
Under new commercial ownership, the National Piers Society believes Hastings Pier is well placed to capitalise on a strong UK tourism economy. he National Piers Society has said that Hastings Pier is set to have a bright future after meeting with the new owner to discuss future plans for the troubled attraction. Chairman Tim Wardley travelled to the south coast resort...

Hastings council leader champions pier co-operation

Hastings Pier
The leader of Hastings Borough Council has highlighted the importance of forming a strong working partnership with the new owner of the town’s historic pier. Facing questions from councillors over the future of the grade-II listed structure Peter Chowney was quick to point out that it is in the best interests of the town to work in conjunction with Sheikh...

Gulzar pledges pier prosperity

Hastings Pier
The new owner of Hastings Pier Sheikh Abid Gulzar has affirmed his dedication to the award-winning structure and a willingness to work with local authority to best support the town. Gulzar, who also owns Eastbourne Pier, took to local press writing an open letter in response to a number of concerns that had been raised regarding his most recent purchase. “First,...

Sheikh Abid Gulzar wins the battle for Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier
Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Eastbourne Pier, has acquired Hastings Pier from Hastings Pier Charity for a reported £50,000 on 15 June. Speaking exclusively to Coinslot, Gulzar said he plans to create more commercial activity on the attraction, while also avoiding the same pitfalls that caused the previous owners to enter administration late last year. “The plans are to work...

Hastings Pier in adminstration: When friends are not enough

Hastings Pier
Less than six months ago, Hastings Pier fell into the hands of the administrators. Not surprising really when the architectural gem of 2017 - it won the coveted Stirling Prize - had little to bring in regular income to ensure its commercial viability.

Questions raised over private ownership as Hastings pier heads to market

Coinslot - Hastings Pier Digital Skills Google award palace
The Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP) group has said it is essential that the structure’s freehold is not sold into private ownership and raised concerns that the current bidding war around it could yet lead to ill. As if, however, this was actually any more possible. Following some woefully naive management, Hastings Pier’s future is on the line - and...

Gulzar first out of the blocks in the battle for Hastings Pier

At least one of the two parties who expressed an interest in buying Hastings’ beleaguered pier has thrown his hat into the ring. Eastbourne’s Sheikh Abid Gulzar has made the first move.   The owner of Eastbourne Pier has solidified his intention to mount a bid to buy Hastings Pier after the award-winning attraction was put on the market. Sheikh Abid...

Gulzar throws his hat into the ring for Hastings Pier ownership

It could be a case of entrepreneur vs entrepreneur in the battle for Hastings Pier, after Sheikh Abid Gulzar joined Brighton’s Luke Johnson on the list of those expressing interest in acquiring it.   The future of Hastings’ troubled pier rests in the hands of those with amusements based interests - with the owner of neighbouring Eastbourne Pier the latest to...

Hastings Pier must take “more commercial approach” Brighton Pier bosses say

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  Opening to the public in April 2016, winning "Pier of the Year" and the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2017, then entering administration last month, Hastings Pier has a strong momentum. But it will need to change its business model to survive, according to potential buyers.   The Brighton Pier Group has revealed the strategy it could adopt were it to...

Brighton Palace Pier owner reveals interest in Hastings Pier acquisition

Coinslot - Hastings Pier Digital Skills Google award palace
  The owner of Brighton Palace Pier has revealed that his company is interested in adding the troubled Hastings Pier to its portfolio.   Luke Johnson, chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP and The Brighton Pier Group PLC, said he had already begun the process of exploring a bid for the award-winning south coast attraction. The charity that operates Hastings...

Hastings Pier operator enters administration

Coinslot - Hastings Pier Digital Skills Google award palace
  The charity that operates Hastings Pier has gone into administration after it failed to raise the £800,000 required to fund it through to 2021.   The news came less than a month after the pier won the prestigious Stirling architecture prize - and after a number of voices, including Coinslot, had questioned how it could generate the necessary revenue without any...

Hastings Pier in turbulent waters

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  The Hastings Pier Charity group has been left planning a restructuring following an underwhelming summer period, whilst talk of private ownership of the structure has begun in Eastbourne.   Following a less-than positive 12 months of operation the charity that runs Hastings Pier has announced a workforce restructuring in light of poor earnings and discussions over a commercial takeover have arisen. Since...

Hastings Pier scoops top architecture award

Coinslot - Hastings Pier Digital Skills Google award palace
Two months after it was named Pier of the Year, Hastings Pier has received a 2017 RIBA National Award for architectural excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects.   The pier joins a shortlist of just 49 buildings across the UK to be granted the award, from which the winner of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, for the country’s best...

Hastings Pier hosts Google’s first seaside digital skills seminar

Coinslot - Hastings Pier Digital Skills Google award palace
Google has held the first event of its new training programme aimed at giving businesses in seaside towns the digital skills needed to boost tourism.   The technology giant held the day-long ‘Digital Garage’ seminar on Hastings Pier, offering attractions free face-to-face guidance on how to utilise the internet to attract more visitors. Google has partnered with the British Hospitality Association and...

Game of Piers gears up following Pier of the Year

Coinslot - Game of Piers
With Hastings winning Pier of the Year for 2017 at the start of this month, next year’s competition has already begun for some inspired pier owners.   Next year’s Pier of the Year award is already on the target list for some pier owners, each looking to succeed newly annointed Hastings. While the amusement- less pier won the 2017 edition from...

Arcades miss out in Pier of the Year awards

Coinslot - Acardes Pier of the Year awards
Hastings Pier has been voted as Pier of the Year 2017 awards with Worthing and Llandudno Piers coming in second and third respectively.   The newly reopened Hasting Pier has been voted Pier of the Year 2017 by members of the National Piers Society in the recent awards vote. It narrowly beat Worthing, which for the third year running came second, while...

Two piers included in Times’ top buildings

Coinslot Pier
Brighton’s i360 ‘vertical pier’ and Hastings Pier have been included in The Times newspaper’s list of the top 10 buildings of 2016. The list, compiled by critic Jonathan Morrison to celebrate the best architectural creations of the past year, offered praise for the designers of both piers. The i360 was ranked at six, with Hastings Pier one behind in seventh. London’s...

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