The final stage of restoration work at the South Parade Pier in Southsea has begun. The announcement comes just over one year on from its grand reopening, after being brought back from the brink of ruin by its dedicated owners.
This last period of work will restore the mooring deck at the end of the pier for a cost of some £200,000 according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
A spokesman for Tommy Ware, one of the pier’s owners, said: “It was the only thing that remained to be done to bring the pier back to how it used to be.”
In April the Grade-II listed site was voted Pier of the Year by the National Pier Society who praised the restoration work to restore the structure’s former glory.
Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: “Personally, I think the whole city owes the Ware family and their colleagues a debt of gratitude for bringing the pier back into use.”
South Parade Pier was first opened in 1879 but had to be rebuilt following fire damage in both 1904 and 1974. It was once more shut in 2012 after it was deemed unsafe for purpose by the council.
The site however has seen a notable turnaround since the Ware family purchased the site in 2014 and embarked upon £5m of renovation investment lead- ing to part of the site finally reopening in April 2017.