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.
Food and Beverage Update:
A pier is very seasonal, it must satisfy a lot of different customer needs and the offer must be popular with all visitors, locals, day tourists, holidaymakers and especially families. New restaurants are expensive to build, equip and operate and ours must pay for itself plus contribute to the financial future of the Pier.
We began an open tender process for the food and beverage opportunities on the Pier in October last year. Tenders were invited for the bistro / bar area planned for the existing building at the front of the pier as well as for the new Visitor Centre facilities including the rooftop terrace.
An integral part of the requirements for both these tenders is that the eventual winners must support the town’s economy by supporting local suppliers, providing employment to the local area and ensuring training and apprentice schemes required by the charity will be filled from the local catering college.
Good interest was shown in both food and beverage opportunities on the new Pier and discussions are progressing with a number of possible providers.
It is projected that the new Pier will provide around 40 additional local jobs and add a further 180,000+ visitors a year to the town.
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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: