The work continues; by the time the structural work is finished there’ll be around 72,000 metres of new timber, 11 new structural piles and 500 deck beams and 350 lattice girders will have been replaced.

You can watch the changes happening live via the Pier webcam.

Pier Update

There’s to be a fairly hectic schedule in the life of the pier over the coming few weeks, including a key piece of work as we install the new columns on which the Visitor Centre building will rest, whilst the overall structure above and below the deck is getting more robust every day. Work will also start on the pier head shortly. All in all, we are not as far advanced as we wanted to be but we are making good progress.

There’s been a huge amount achieved since the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the £11.4m in November 2012, on the provision of the charity raising £2.5m matched funding, which we did in just seven months.

That’s the money that is rebuilding the pier. But once rebuilt, the new pier will cost around £500,000 a year to run and maintain in good order. And there are no subsidies once the restoration work is complete. The pier needs to attract around 350,000 visitors a year, many new to the town but including residents as well as tourists.

So we all need to spread the word that the new pier needs our support now more than ever. And once open, it will be a simple case of use it or lose it.

The HLF’s support is also linked to a heritage activity programme for which we have already delivered a great number of successful community events from the Hub, our seafront home at present, and in the community at large. Most recently John Cole’s unsung heroes photographic exhibition and the Sussex Coast College Art & Design show, both at the Hub, were superb. If you haven’t yet visited the Hub, please do. And keep a look out for details of forthcoming events.

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Posted on Friday March 27th

John Cole's Unsung Heroes transferred to the Pier - take a peek if you're passing. ... See MoreSee Less

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Posted on Tuesday March 24th

FREE Musical Heritage Talks in The Hub this weekend - a few spaces left, call to book: 01424 435587.
Saturday at 2pm, 3pm and 5pm. Sunday at 2pm.
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Posted on Friday March 20th

Time to Tango. ... See MoreSee Less

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Posted on Friday March 20th

STOMP on the Pier with Helenswood Academy A level Dance students and extras! ... See MoreSee Less

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A great deal of work, enormous local, regional and national support and very substantial financial awards have enabled this project to take shape. The following organizations have been, and will continue to be, vital to the economic health and success of this project: