Weston-Super-Mare Birnbeck Pier, Somerset

Weston-Super-Mare Birnbeck Pier, Somerset, September 2011

Spans:Bristol Channel
Design:Eugenius Birch
Construction:Cast iron columns, steel cross- bracing and lattice work, wooden deck
Year opened:1867
Original length:366m
Present length:317m
Fire:1897
Storm damage:1903
Restoration:1898, 1904

The foundation stone of this Birch-designed pier was laid in 1864. It opened on 5th June 1867 and consisted of a cantilever construction to Birnbeck Island and a short jetty extending westwards from the island. A lifeboat station was added in 1881 and a pavilion in 1884. The Admiralty took over the pier from 1941 to 1946 when it became known as ‘HMS Birnbeck’.  In 1992 financial problems led to the abandonment of redevelopment plans. It was sold to Urban Splash in 2006 who planned to develop luxury flats and a 50-room hotel but the recession caused these proposals to be shelved. It is now regarded as Britain’s most threatened pier.

Weston-Super-Mare Birnbeck Pier
Somerset
Birkett Road
BS23 2EN

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Weston Super Mare Birnbeck Pier
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