Pier part-closed as upgrades kick in
ASECTION of Southport Pier will be closed from next week while a retail kiosk is built and further upgrades carried out.
The work is phase three of a £2.9m revamp of the Grade II listed structure thanks to funding via the Coastal Community Fund and Sefton Council.
A bar and ice cream parlour has already opened in a Victorian shelter during the previous phases of the work (see panel above).
The next phase will begin on Monday, October 1 and will involve essential power upgrades and repairs to the timber decking. While the work is carried out, the Southport Pier Pavilion cafe will also carry out a major internal refurbishment.
While the penny arcades will remain in place, the rest of the cafe will be redesigned to create a cafe bar-style venue.
The pavilion was granted a permanent licence to serve alcohol later in the day.
Natalie JamiesonMorrison, who runs the pavillion with recently dad Colin Jamieson and sister Joanne Jamieson, said: “The refurb will mean we can stay open longer in the summer and people can have a drink while they watch the sun set.”
With Boxing Day traditionally one of the busiest days for the cafe, Natalie said they were hoping to have the work completed to reopen around the week before Christmas. More than 800 repairs have been completed by a specialist contractor during phases one and two and a new kiosk has been built on the pier incorporating seating.
The work is scheduled to run until the Christmas period and during this time the seaward pier and pavilion will be closed to the public from the halfway house to the pavilion.
The landward section will remain open to the public, including the recently completed kiosk.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour cabinet member for regeneration and skills, said: “This important improvement work on Southport Pier is really starting to take shape.
“The first two phases went really well coming in under budget and ahead of schedule so we are delighted the next phase will start in October.
“While not all of the pier will be open during the next phase, we believe it is a small price to pay for what will be crucial to this important scheme.
“Hundreds of thousands of people visit Southport Pier every year boosting the local economy and this whole scheme will secure an important landmark for generations to come.”
The final phase of works, planned for 2019, will improve access and restore the Marine Lake railings.