Plans have been submitted for the next stages of a multi-million pound restoration of Mumbles Pier.
Work has been in progress since last year on replacing steelwork and decking. Just under half of the basic reconstruction has been completed.
Now the pier owners, AMECO, are looking to re-instate the pavilions that once graced the Victorian structure. Plans have been submitted to Swansea Council for a kiosk and café in the bays halfway along the pier stem.
Also included in the proposal is a restoration package for the former lifeboat station.
The iconic building was declared surplus to operational requirements by the RNLI when the new station opened in 2015. Ownership then switched to AMECO who undertook to restore the historic structure.
Proposals for the unique Grade II listed include a visitor centre, exhibition space and pop-up restaurant. Designers have added an innovative rolling gangway that will enable small vessels to moor alongside whatever the tide level. This feature could also allow passenger tenders from smaller visiting cruise ships - a growth area in UK tourism.
A new connecting walkway will replace the existing link to the pier stem.
The owners have also commissioned new stylised gates to be installed at the pier entrance. These have been designed by a local artist.
Additional nesting perches for the thriving Kittiwake population are part of a wider scheme.
It’s going to be a busy time at the Mumbles attraction. It’s currently hoped that the pier will temporarily re-open to the public in time for the summer season.
Preparatory work will also start around the same time on a new boardwalk extending out into the water. The effect will be to increase overall public space and enable construction of foreshore apartments that the owners aim to sell to finance the improvements.
Pier manager Bert Bollom stated, “We’ve got quite a few things in the air at the moment. It’s a bit hectic but it’s great to see the vision coming together”.
Details - Planning Application 2019/0561 (City & County of Swansea)
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