John Sisk & Son Ltd (Sisk) has been awarded the contract to completely rebuild the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare that was wrecked by fire last year.
The project is estimated to take a total of 46 weeks and Sisk will ensure the Pier will be open in time for summer 2010. Rides and attractions will once again be present on the rebuilt Pier, and it will also boast a pavilion significantly larger than before. Structural work below deck level has already been completed to support the new superstructure.
North Somerset Council and the Grand Pier Company reached agreement on a number of issues related to the redevelopment of the attraction in early June, after which tenders were invited.
“It is fantastic that this day has finally arrived,” said Grand Pier co-owner Kerry Michael. “From the day of the fire there had been no question that we wanted to get on with the rebuild straightaway, the Grand Pier is a symbol of Weston-super-Mare and has been a major draw to the town for generations.”
“Sisk came to us with a rational, cost and time effective solution to every challenge that this quite unique project entails. From their project experience, it is clear to see they are expert engineers who will deliver a restoration that will be here for many years to come.”