First look inside new Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

AFTER three weeks of waiting the weather finally thawed on Friday and made it possible for the concrete to be poured on the new Grand Pier.

AFTER three weeks of waiting the weather finally thawed on Friday and made it possible for the concrete to be poured on the new Grand Pier.

Contractors were able to create the floor of the third level plant room and the 250-seat conference room at the front of the next one down.

Last week the Weston Mercury revealed how pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael are aiming to have all the finishing touches made to the attraction by June 25, but the weather had been hampering the work.

But this week a relieved Richard Sutton, of main contractor John Sisk & Co, said: "We have been waiting for more than three weeks for the weather to break so we could pour the concrete.

"If it wasn't bad enough having to pump it a quarter of a mile, the weather meant it kept freezing before it got to where we needed it.

"We are pleased to have finally managed to get it out there and, weather permitting, we hope to do another large pour on Wednesday."

Visitors to the seafront can now see the beginning of a 100metre-long and 20metre-high scaffolding ramp being created in front of the new pavilion.

It will help the roof sheets to be rolled out on the shore in one piece and carried along the waist and onto the roof.

Mr Michael said: "Let's hope the worst of the weather is now behind us and we can manage to claw back the lost time.

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