‘One of a kind’ Birnbeck Pier in society’s risk list

PUBLISHED: 08:54 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:54 16 September 2015

Birnbeck Pier.

Birnbeck Pier.

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BIRNBECK Pier has been named as one of the country’s most endangered structures by a historical society.

The Victorian Society has ranked the crumbling pier as one of the top 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales, and has called on North Somerset Council to help all parties involved with the pier achieve a quick resolution.

The society’s list, which was launched by actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones, flags up at-risk buildings from around the country in an attempt to save them from further decline.

Birnbeck was closed to the public in 1994 and has sunk further into disrepair since.

It is currently owned by developer CNM Estates, which is said to be in the process of leasing the pier to the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, a group which wants to restore the structure to its former Victorian glory.

Victorian Society director Christopher Costelloe said: “We’re grateful to everyone who nominated Birnbeck Pier.

“Birnbeck is one of a kind and deserves better than simply falling into the sea.”


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