Harwich Haven Authority continue to invest in the town’s iconic wooden pier

31 March 2021

Harwich Haven Authority continues to invest in the preservation of the town’s historic Ha’penny Pier with the completion of a £90K project to replace perished beams and decking at the entrance to the pier.

The six-week refurbishment project (completed on 28 March) was carried out by Essex-based firm, Amicus Civil Engineering.

A larger £340K refurbishment of Ha’penny Pier was conducted by the Authority in 2016 and 2017 after a survey identified structural issues.

“Ha’penny Pier is a popular attraction for both local residents and for the thousands of people who visit the pier each year,” says Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority.

“Built in 1853 it is one of the UK’s only surviving Victorian working, wooden piers and therefore it holds huge historical importance.

“We will continue to invest in its preservation to ensure its still around for future generations to enjoy.

“With warmer weather on its way, and with the lifting of some of the lockdown restrictions, we look forward to welcoming people back to this much loved and iconic destination.”

Further information: Fiona Brunning, Communications Manager – [email protected]. Tel: 01255 252310 or Mob: 07425 632090


The replacement beams used in the project were made from African hardwood. The decking boards were made from Douglas Fir.

Throughout its history Ha’penny Pier has been used by coastal paddle steamers, ferries, pilot boats, the Royal Navy and as a lifeboat station, and it still serves as a pick-up point for the Harwich Harbour foot ferry today. The pier is named after the original half penny toll charged to gain entry.