With the responsibility of restoring Mumbles’ historic pier, Bert and Fred Bollom have announced that work will resume at the end of September, with phase two of the restoration adding an ornate touch to the much-loved Victorian structure.
Work to restore Mumbles Pier is set to resume at the end of September with owners Bert and Fred Bollom hoping to restore more of the structure’s architectural history.
The Bolloms have announced that contractors are gearing up to install a new stretch of decking, railings and lighting at the much-loved Victorian pier.
The work represents the second of three phases and is scheduled to be completed before the new 2021 season starts. They also revealed they hope the revamp will be an opportunity to re-introduce period features such as the ornate kiosks and shelters that once graced the pier deck, subject to backing from Swansea Council’s planning department.
It is anticipated that a conversion scheme to transform the iconic former lifeboat house into a restaurant and visitor centre could also begin.
“Plans have been with Swansea Council for over a year and the respective teams have been working their way through some stringent requirements,” read a statement from the owners. “We’re hoping negotiations will be completed in time so we can make a start.”
The pier has been undergoing extensive restoration works for years, and phase one of the refurbishment is now complete. The start of the second phase marks an important halfway mark of the £3.2m project which has seen part of the Swansea Bay landmark demolished, with construction workers previously removing period Victorian features for storage and refurbishment. These are set to make a return under phase two, and will restore the pier’s Victorian aesthetic. The original supporting columns for the pier will remain in place as they have been considered still up to the job.
Looking ahead, there are also wider plans for development of the surrounding area, including flats, accommodation, retail units and a boardwalk.