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Gifford designs Brighton’s Palace Pier revamp

A team of specialist marine engineers at independent engineering and environmental consultant Gifford is designing a replacement programme to part of the Grade II* listed Brighton Palace Pier, announced last week.

Work is subject to listed building consent and involves replacing the boat deck structure on the pier head.

This part of the pier was built in the 1930s and supports “Horatio’s” bar and a storage area. The bar building itself is sound and will remain but a survey has shown the supporting deck structure needs replacing as part of an ongoing series of planned maintenance works.

Some 36 existing piles will be replaced by 24 new steel piles surrounded by pre-cast reinforced concrete jackets at the sea bed level to prevent scouring. A new deck structure will be built underneath the existing pier head building.

“The key challenge for this project is to minimise the potential disruption to the business of the pier”, said Gifford Maritime Projects director Nick Clarke.

“It was essential therefore that we designed a scheme that minimises weather risk delay and permits the attractions on the pier to remain open to the public during the works”.

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