Mumbles Pier has begun work restoring and replacing outdated parts of its steel support structure, in the latest stage of extensive investment from the attraction’s owners.
Mumbles Pier is continuing its extensive restoration programme, with a crane installed at the Swansea Bay landmark on 24 March in order to remove outdated steelwork.
The privately-funded restoration project will replace the existing structure at the pier entrance, part of plans to guarantee the long-term future of the landmark.
“Looking over the Bay today you may have seen some newly arrived equipment to help continue with the restoration work of our Victorian Pier,” said a spokesperson via social media.
“The old steel is being removed to make way for a new steel structure to restore the base of the Pier and make it safe for many many years to come. The base of the Pier historically held one of our more iconic leisure facilities… the Helter Skelter!”
The pier was temporarily closed as the crane removed several sections of the pier’s cast iron balustrade and wooden boardwalk in order to access the steel structures beneath.
Though commenters raised questions about the RNLI’s access to the lifeboat shelter at the pier’s seaward end, the pier reassured locals that the crews “still have access to the inshore lifeboat, which allows them to access the lifeboat currently moored on the bay itself rather than the lifeboat house.”
The replacement of the pier’s support structure is part of an ongoing restoration programme, which has seen the owners of Mumbles Pier continue to reinvest profits from the attraction back into maintenance.
“The restoration of the Pier is privately funded through the trading company with profits from the Amusements, Catering and Events going back into the upkeep of the Pier.”
“As you can imagine this is a costly task but with the wonderful support of our amazing staff and fantastic customers we can continue our journey to fully renovate this historic landmark.”
In January 2021, the pier was granted permission to convert the Grade II-listed landmark’s former lifeboat base into a new restaurant, alongside the construction of two pavilions housing retail units and a cafe.
The plans also included the opening of new public toilets, construction of an access bridge for the lifeboat house, and the erection of new gates at the pier entrance.