The award-winning Grade II listed Victorian pier has undergone a major transformation in recent years.
The renowned Grade II listed Hastings Pier, which was virtually destroyed by fire in 2010, has been extensively rebuilt and was reopened to the public back in April 2016.
GVA has now been instructed by Adam Stephens and Finbarr O’Connell of Smith & Williamson, the joint administrators of Hastings Pier Charity which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to find a buyer for the pier’s freehold.
Richard Baldwin of GVA said: “Hastings Pier represents a unique opportunity to acquire and develop a comprehensively rebuilt and renowned seaside pier in the historical town of Hastings on the Sussex coast.
“Hastings Pier has undergone a remarkable transformation, and now represents a modern, flexible, public leisure destination and venue, which retains a blend of both Victorian and modern architecture, refinement and charm.
"The pier is unique, and offers a custodian the opportunity to acquire a piece of Britain’s seaside heritage, with great potential as a leisure destination.”
Hastings Pier Charity, the charity that previously ran the award-winning pier, went into administration last November having failed to complete a fundraising exercise for the pier to reach self-funding status within three years.
The pier, which was originally opened in 1872, has remained open to the public since the appointment of the joint administrators.
It features a substantial open pier deck, striking central hub facility with educational rooms, history exhibition, cafe shop and view platform, together with a modern Pavilion restaurant and bar, and various retailing kiosks.