Weston-Super-Mare Birnbeck Pier, Somerset
|Construction:||Cast iron columns, steel cross- bracing and lattice work, wooden deck|
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.