Burnham-on-Sea Pier, Somerset
|Construction:||Reinforced concrete and steel|
|Year opened:||(i) 1910; (ii) 1914|
The great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the inspiration for Burnham Pier, the first to be constructed in reinforced concrete. Granite chippings from Penryn Colliery in Cornwall, which were used in the pier’s original construction, are still used today for routine maintenance. Plans to lengthen the pier did not materialize and, consequently, it has remained one of the shortest in Britain, consisting of little more than a pavilion on piles.