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.
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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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: