Building to begin on Clevedon Pier’s visitor centre

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 September 2015

Robert O'leary and Niall Tainton, architect.

Robert O'leary and Niall Tainton, architect.

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Work will begin this week on Clevedon Pier’s new £2.25million visitor centre.

Bristol-based architect O’Leary Goss has been laying the groundwork for the structure since October last year but is now ready to begin building the centre which is due to be completed in April.

Robert O’Leary said: “The rock has been deeper, tougher and nearer to the surface than anticipated so we’ve had to dig out a tight, deep space, propping existing walls against the effects of wind and tide.”

Most of the financial support for the centre, which will include a restaurant and viewing platform, has come from a £720,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £750,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund with the remainder being donated via a community share scheme, which has raised more than £100,000.

Simon Talbot-Ponsonby, chairman of the pier and heritage trust, added: “This project is the culmination of many years’ work and the new facilities will help visitors fully appreciate the pier and allow our trust to be financially self-sufficient to carry out long-term maintenance.”

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