The West Pier Centre is now open and we couldn't be happier to be reinstated on the seafront overlooking the old pier and beautiful West Pier Golden Spiral.
From an office and information point, to a shop, gallery and events venue, the West Pier Centre will be an attraction for tourists as well as a valuable community resource for the city’s residents.
Located in one of the seafront arches to the east of BAi360, the West Pier Centre sits within the beautifully designed West Pier Piazza. Dedicated to the heritage of the West Pier, the Piazza celebrates the pier’s unique place in the city’s history and its iconic status for the residents of Brighton and Hove.
Also located within the Piazza, is the West Pier Golden Spiral, which incorporates twenty four original West Pier columns commemorating the West Pier and its architect Eugenius Birch.
The columns were expertly restored by the Swan Foundry in Oxfordshire, with each column set in a beautiful cast-iron base designed and produced by artist and sculptor Steve Geliot.
A large flexible community space for everyone to enjoy, the new West Pier Piazza, West Pier Centre and Golden Spiral are also illuminated at night, allowing visitors to experience the vision of the spiral and seafront after the sun goes down.
West Pier Trust Chairman Michael Farthing, formerly of Sussex University, said of the centre:
“We are delighted that the new centre is opening and believe the space will be a wonderful celebration of the old pier. Do visit us there and learn more about our exciting future. This is just the beginning!”
To celebrate the opening of the new centre, an exhibition showcasing the work of former Guardian photographer Roger Bamber, will be on display from Wednesday 23 August.
Roger has photographed the pier from 1988 to the present day, and is considered one of the greatest photographers of the pier in its history.
Rachel Clark, West Pier Chief Executive said of the centre: “After many years without a permanent base we are over the moon to be back on the seafront. The Centre will be a great resource for the community; from families, school parties and new visitors to the city – to everyone who has always loved the West Pier and its history.”
The West Pier octagonal kiosk is now awaiting the next step of its journey towards restoration. Full details of the fundraising campaign to restore the kiosk will be released in the Autumn.
The West Pier Centre is open from 10.30am daily and welcomes enquiries in person or phone on 01273 321499, or by email at email@example.com. Get in touch or drop in to find out more.