Process to replace pier at Colwyn Bay begins

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The resort’s Victoria Pier maybe no more, but next year could see the first step on the road to bringing a full-length pier back to the Welsh seaside resort.

The construction of a new truncated pier in Colwyn Bay could start as early as spring 2019 after an architect was chosen to draw up the designs.

The Welsh resort’s former Victoria Pier has been dismantled over recent months after parts of the structure collapsed into the sea.

Building a shorter pier to replace it was one of the conditions of being allowed to dismantle the old unstable attraction.

The Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust, which had long campaigned to save the original structure, hoped this would be the first stage of a “longer journey” to bring back a full length pier to the seaside town.

Chairman of the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust, Mark Roberts, said: “The Trust is pleased with the progress that is being made. The truncated pier approximates what would have been the first phase of our own scheme.

“This is just the beginning of a longer journey.The Trust has embarked on its own conceptual scheme which will evolve, as the Trust will. Our detailed plans will be drawn prior to going out to public consultation to elicit the public’s views.

“We have every faith in our team of experts to deliver a scheme which will benefit Colwyn Bay.

“The close working relation- ship that has developed between the Trust and Conwy County Borough Council should ensure that this will be the case as we draw on its guidance and expertise as well.”

The council’s Victoria Pier Project Board met last month to consider the submissions and choose the preferred contractor.

Over the next few months, the architecture firm will draw up detailed construction designs, based on the outline plans given planning permission last year.

This will include the structure of the truncated pier itself and the pathway that runs alongside the promenade underneath the pier.

Any necessary approvals will be sought and then it is hoped to go to tender for the construction work by the end of 2018. In which case, work could start as early as Spring next year.

Alongside these arrangements, the council said it would continue its support of Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust, as the Trust developed proposals and funding applications for the future restoration and re-creation of a more substantial pier.

Councillor Brian Cossey, project board chairperson, said: “The quality of submissions was very good, we had plenty of aspects to consider and I’m pleased that we were able to agree to award the contract to Donald Insall Associates.

“They are Chartered Architects and Historic Building Consultants and I’m pleased to note that they have an office right here in Conwy.

“We’re eager to see this project through to its successful conclusion and awarding this contract is a positive step in the process.”

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