The restoration of Colwyn Bay’s Victoria Pier has been completed in time for the resumption of domestic tourism the summer. The truncated pier held a soft opening in mid-July.
“By constructing this pier we acknowledge the legacy of the Victorian engineers and also provides a focus for people to relive their many happy memories at this site,” said Conwy County Borough Council chairman, Abdul Khan.
Work on the Grade II-listed pier was completed by architectural practice and historic buildings consultancy Donald Insall Associates in a three-year project which formed part of the town’s waterfront regeneration.
In the course of its 121-year history, the three pier complexes at the site have been destroyed by fire and, most recently, by the elements. With its structure severely dilapidated following its closure in 2008, Storm Doris in 2017 represented the final straw for the pier, which was dismantled the following year both for public safety and to safeguard the remaining structure.
When the architects joined the restoration project, planning and listed building consents were already in place to reinstate the pier’s initial three bays. Working in partnership with Conwy County Borough Council, the team researched and restored elements of the structure on and off site, striving to preserve as much of the pier’s original fabric as possible.
The stone seawall, nine remaining columns and the decorative cast-ironwork have been retained, while the pier’s lighting has been reinterpreted, based on the original designs. The result is a truncated pier, which extending 132 ft is now the second shortest pier in the UK after Burnham-on-Sea.