Contractor John Sisk has topped-out the new Weston-super-Mare pier, devastated by fire last year.
The new Grand Pier will open on time and on budget in the summer and will feature a new and enlarged Pavilion, with bigger and better rides and visitor facilities.
Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “Having overcome the initial shock and despair of losing the Pavilion, we went through difficult process of obtaining all the necessary permissions and now finally, we are in the exciting phase where we can see the building taking shape every day. The internal fit out begins next week and we can’t wait for the day it opens.”
Building out at sea meant the team faced particular challeneges from the weather. Sisk’s Managing Director, Paul Wilson, said: “It is fascinating to work on a landmark built in another age and we have had our challenges building 350m out to sea. However, we have been able to rely on the expertise and commitment of the Sisk team and our partners who have kept the project on track to reopen in the summer.”
“We have now reached a stage where the structure is in place and we are moving to complete the fabric of the building. What comes next is filling this space around us with the rides and attractions that will put Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier back in its rightful place at the heart of this resort.”