Work to start on Plymouth's West Hoe pier
Work is due to start on the Plymouth’s historic West Hoe Pier to enable people to use to it safely once more.
Divers have already carried out underwater surveys ahead of the work starting on the Grade 2 listed pier.
A detailed programme of work has been drawn up by Plymouth Transport and Highways the partnership between Plymouth City Council and Amey) which will involve installing new stone as well as pouring concrete inside the structure which has suffered serious erosion from the sea.
Some of the steps on either side of the pier will also have to be rebuilt and extensive repairs carried out on parts of the harbour wall that have collapsed.
Over the last few years, the pier has deteriorated to such an extent the eastern side was made out of bounds to the public. Now the aim of the project is to make the structure stable again and re-open it with full access to residents, and visitors. The western part of the harbour has also had to be closed.
The Council has set aside £750,000 from its capital programme to fund the scheme, which is expected to be completed by early winter.
The stone will have to be taken to the site from the roadside and the construction work is dependent on the tide as well as the weather.
The Council has been in touch with local businesses on the waterfront to discuss how contractors can minimise disruption to their business. The Waterfront pub and eating house, the Wet Wok and West Hoe café will remain open for business.
Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Our waterfront is extremely important to the city and the local visitor economy, although most people will appreciate the fact that we will always be fighting time and tide on this one.
“However, this is an historic pier and we want people to be able to enjoy it again."
Throughout the construction process, parts of the harbour will be closed off.
For more information and updates on the project as it progresses visit www.plymouth.gov.uk