Boscombe Pier In Bournemouth was constructed In the 1880s from wrought iron and timber, and is a Grade II listed structure. It is the focal point of Boscombe seafront and had undergone several alterations over the years, including the construction of a theatre on its main platform. Our marine specialists provided design services for a new pier head, central windbreak, timber deck and handrails as well as developing a phased construction schedule.
Falling into disrepair, the pier head had been inaccessible for over 15 years, finally closing in 2005. The renovation of the pier forms part of a larger regeneration project for Boscombe's seafront that includes an artificial surf reef, a housing development and renewal of existing buildings.
The pier's listed status meant there were heritage restrictions on the aesthetics and structural form of the new work. Construction was carried out during the summer months — there was an emphasis on providing a solution that could be constructed solely using sea access.
The old pier head and theatre were demolished, involving the removal of over 90 piles from the seabed. Repairs have been made to the concrete pier neck. A smaller pier head has been constructed using steel piles encased in concrete sleeves, supporting a precast concrete frame. The replacement deck for the neck and platform is laid with sustainably-sourced tropical hardwood timber. New handrails, lighting and a central windbreak have also installed.
Materials have been chosen for durability and will require minimum inspection and maintenance, producing a sustainable refurbishment solution.