Grand Pier build affected by weather

PUBLISHED: 09:54 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

Picture by Jeff Thomas

Picture by Jeff Thomas

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WORK on Weston s new Grand Pier has been hampered by the extreme weather conditions hitting the region.

WORK on Weston's new Grand Pier has been hampered by the extreme weather conditions hitting the region.

But attraction co-owner Kerry Michael has told the Weston Mercury he hopes to make up time when things become easier and still open the landmark before the summer season.

Mr Michael said: "This is the hardest winter for 30 years and it's happening right in the middle of the most critical point in the construction of the new attraction.

"If this happened in two months it might not have affected us, but this weather could not have come at a worse time.

"It is making things extremely difficult for us.

"We have been struggling to put the concrete on the floors as it is too cold to pour.

"Despite looking at warming it with a boiler, it would be too cold again once it is out as far as the pavilion."

The state-of-the-art pavilion is due to house a bar around three times bigger than the previous one, a Victorian tea room and a central canopy that would run the whole length of the pier, with sides that could close in bad weather.

Kerry and Michelle Michael have also been travelling the globe to cherry-pick the best rides for the attraction.

Mr Michael added: "The weather is still looking like it will be bad for at least another week, but other work is continuing in the meantime.

"The cladding is being carried out, but doing other things is not particularly easy."

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