REVAMP FOR PIER
Landmark will be safe for future generations as £1m work gets going
A £1M Restoration project is underway at one of North Wales’ historic piers, with the aim of retaining it as a community facility for many years to come.
At 1,500ft long, Bangor’s Garth Pier is the second longest in Wales, having been built in 1896.
The funding for the project comes from Bangor City Council’s own capital, which keeps back an allocation of its funds to maintain the pier when necessary. The last major works on Garth Pier took place in 1986.
The council clerk, Mr Ian Jones, said that the work is likely to take up to four years to complete, although the council hopes it will have been finished in three, with North Wales contractors being used, where possible.
“Garth Pier has not received any major maintenance works for many years and is now in need of a refurbishment.”
“Due to the precarious nature of this work, substantial scaffolding is required as well as stringent health and safety measures.”
He added: “The first phase of the scaffolding has been up for over two weeks now.
“Much of the work will involve shotblasting the girders and making sure the structure is sound.
“The pier will largely remain open for the public although it will obviously look very different, aesthetically, during the work.
“As a city council, we apologise for any inconvenience during this construction project but these works are deemed necessary to secure the future stability and safety of the pier for future generations to enjoy.”
Despite being refused Heritage Lottery Funding in 2015, Bangor City Council is funding the three-year project to strenghten the structure of the pier, which overlooks the Menai Strait.
In 2015, the council presented a bid to add more kiosks and interpretive displays to tell residents and visitors about the history of the structure over the last 120 years, but were knocked back in their bid.
Despite this, Mr Jones added that the work is also set to result in new handrails on the pier deck, as well as the structural improvements underneath.