Grand Pier completion date revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:01 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

THE Weston Mercury can exclusively reveal the date workers are aiming to have the new completed Grand Pier handed over to its owners.

THE Weston Mercury can exclusively reveal the date workers are aiming to have the new completed Grand Pier handed over to its owners.

Kerry and Michelle Michael are expecting any finishing touches to have been made to the multi-million pound state-of-the-art attraction by June 25.

Mr Michael revealed this week how the extreme weather conditions of the past week have put the project back slightly, saying that the big chill could not have come at a worse time in the rebuild.

But he added that the aim is to make up for lost time when the weather improves, hopefully later this month.

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.

"We are still aiming for a practical completion on June 25 and hope to make up time when the weather gets better.

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