New pier entrance opens its doors to the public
Published Friday, 21st June 2019
The new and improved pier entrance has officially opened its doors to the public following the completion of improvement works to the entrance of the iconic landmark.
The modernised entrance allows for better access for wheelchair users, a relocated reception area, a new café and seating area, as well as toilet facilities. The works were agreed as part of the 2017/18 budget where £300,000 of capital funding was approved for the project. The total cost of the project is £480,000 following additional capital funding in 2018/19.
The works coincided with recent pier refurbishment and maintenance works, including replacing damaged handrails and deck boards and painting the pier benches. The new entrance officially opened Monday 3rd June.
Cllr Kevin Robinson, cabinet member for business, culture and tourism, said: “The pier is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of Southend, and it is only fitting that we repair and improve the landmark as and when we can.
“The new entrance will enable a greater volume of visitors to access the pier, whilst providing a welcoming experience where visitors can relax with a tea or coffee before braving the 1.33 mile walk.
“We are delighted with how the finished product looks and we are thrilled to be able to welcome thousands of visitors to see it first-hand throughout the summer.
The pier entrance was designed by the council's property and estate management team and the works were carried out by A.W Hardy & Co.