Swanage Pier is officially back open for business, bringing to an end a £2.2m refurbishment effort which saw it closed to the public for two years.
An opening ceremony for the Grade-II listed attraction last week was attended by actor and TV presenter Timothy West, who in his capacity as honorary patron of the National Piers Society cut the ribbon on the revamped pier: which now boasts a new visitor centre and cafe.
Key structural work on the pier’s ageing wooden support blocks formed the bulk of the renovation work – with the need for redress only heightened by extensive storm damage incurred during the storms of 2013.
The latest raft of works were carried out on the pier, which has stood in situ since 1897, using funds donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Community Fund, and the local regional authorities.
“Following the official completion of the pier restoration work, we are absolutely delighted to announce, thanks to all our supporters, volunteers and the local community, that Swanage Pier will be officially welcoming visitors to the new visitor centre, gift shop and cafe this summer,” announced Swanage Pier Trust CEO Ben Adeney ahead of the opening ceremony.
Meanwhile, commenting after the ribbon-cutting, the trust’s Amanda Bowden said the event “served as a thank you to everyone involved in the project.”