Grand Pier designs revealed

PUBLISHED: 17:56 29 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 25 May 2010

Design by Acanthus Ferguson Mann

Design by Acanthus Ferguson Mann

THESE are the initial designs for Weston's new Grand Pier that will go on show to the public today (Tues).

THESE are the initial designs for Weston's new Grand Pier that will go on show to the public today (Tues).

Six firms of architects have put forward ideas for a 21st century pier attraction to be built in the resort, just eight weeks after its historic pavilion was destroyed by fire.

The Grand Pier's owners Kerry and Michelle Michael are now studying the designs, which will go on show in H20 bar in the town's Winter Gardens.

Four Bristol-based architects, Stride Treglown, Acanthus Ferguson Mann, Angus Meek and AWW, have produced ideas, along with two from London, Grimshaw and Ray Hole.

Kerry Michael said: "They have all put a tremendous amount of work into these designs and we now have to look at the details before making a decision on the way forward.

"We set out a brief for the architects and this is their interpretation. Our view has always been that we want an up-to-date building that is an exciting leisure attraction and reflects the tradition of being the centre-piece of a Victorian seafront.

"Now we must look at how much the designs will require in order to be built and how much will have to be spent on running costs and maintenance in the future.

"We also need to consider what attractions can fit into and alongside the designs and take into account the views of people who visit the pier."

People can view the designs from 10am-6pm at the Winter Gardens from today until October 6.

The Grand Pier's architectural consultant Bob Hardcastle will be in attendance most days from 11am-1pm to answer any questions that people have and he will be impartial in respect of the architects' submissions.

The pier's owners will also be discussing their chosen scheme with English Heritage, the Environment Agency, Government Office South West, South West Regional Development Agency, South West Tourism and North Somerset Council, which will all have input into the final decision on the pier replacement.

* FOR more EXCLUSIVE images of the designs and all the detail see Thursday's Weston & Somerset Mercury

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