Year of the Pier!
With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners’, the restoration of the Grade II listed Yarmouth Pier is now well underway!
The Pier’s walkway is now open but the Pier head and Roundhouse will remain closed until mid-September for the completion of the major restoration works. There will be access for PS Waverley passengers when it visits in September.
Work on the structure itself started on 1st February 2018 and is expected to be fully complete by mid September. This work has involved restoration of the timber piles under the pier head and along the length of the pier that have been damaged. The re-build of the round house is now underway. The delivery of the rest of The Pier’s Tale Project is ongoing and lets the Pier tell its own stories of 140 years of living in Yarmouth, from its original construction and changes in the world around it to what lies beneath.
The timber we have used to restore the Pier is reclaimed from the recent works at Portsmouth Harbour. This has been cleaned up and cut to the appropriate lengths to help reduce the impact on global timber resources. The wood from the Pier itself has also been reused wherever possible.
Although the Pier has had to be closed during the works there have been lots of ongoing activities to encourage engagement with local heritage and learn more about this fascinating structure’s place in the coastal landscape. Over the last six months the Pier has been very busy telling tales and over 400 school pupils have already learnt about its heritage and construction during interactive sessions delivered within schools. These sessions cover the built, social and natural heritage and highlight the diversity of coastal careers. The Pier has also visited sheltered housing communities and other groups of people that are unable to visit it.
The Pier’s Tale project has undertaken some great survey work with partners from Bournemouth University and the Southern IFCA providing a wealth of information about the local underwater world. All of the information collected is being used to enhance the engagement activities and to provide a baseline for future research.
Throughout the year the Pier will update everyone through its Facebook page (yarmouthpier) and on the Pier's website yarmouthpier.org. For more information about the project please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org