The £200,000 renovation of South Parade Pier has been completed, with the opening of the Southsea landmark’s newly rebuilt boat deck.
The mooring platform marks the end of a two year refurbishment project begun in April 2017, which saw the pier reopened by owners Tommy Ware and Tommy Ware Jr after a five year closure.
“The whole city needs to be incredibly grateful to the Tommys for bringing the pier back,” leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson told The Portsmouth News.“It’s absolutely brilliant, lots of people said it wouldn’t happen and now the whole pier has been restored to working use. It’s absolutely wonderful.”The original deck was dismantled in 2014 due to storm damage, however the new metal grid platform will allow boat mooring and fishing to return to South Parade Pier.“Fishing is a massive thing on this pier,” said Ware Jr. “There’s nowhere you can moor up, this is the only place. And hopefully we can see more people arrive into Southsea by boat.”Utilising the platform, the pier will now open for boat rides into the Solent and to the Isle of Wight, with Exhilaration Boat Rides offering RIB excursions as of April 2020.