Ha’penny Pier undergoes second-stage refurbishment works
The second phase of a two-year programme of refurbishment works to Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, begins at the end of October 2017.
Harwich Haven Authority has appointed Essex-based Amicus Civil Engineering to carry out essential refurbishment of Harwich’s most iconic landmark and during phase two of the £340,000 project, which started in 2016, worn beams and piles will be replaced.
The planned works will be isolated to the far end of the pier and access to the Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry and the Café on the Pier will not be affected.
“As Harwich’s most loved landmark and one of the last remaining working wooden piers in the UK we’re committed to maintaining and preserving Ha’penny Pier for future generations to enjoy,” says Neil Glendinning, chief executive, Harwich Haven Authority.
“The works have been planned outside of the Summer season to minimise disruption and the pier will be back open to the public in time for the New Year’s Eve Firework display.”
Harwich Haven Authority maintains the pier as a community assist, providing a home to the Harwich Society, which runs the visitors centre – a Grade 2 listed building and former ticket office.
Throughout its history Ha’penny Pier has been used by coastal paddle steamers, ferries, pilots boats, the Royal Navy and as a lifeboat station, and it still serves as a pick-up point for the Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry. The pier is named after the original half penny toll charged to gain entry.