August 2017 saw the commencement of a £1m restoration project aimed at ensuring the future of Bangor Pier for many years to come. Although visually in generally good condition, the substructure was overdue for repairs and Bangor City Council had resolved to repair and restore the Garth Pier which had not received any major maintenance works for many years and was in need of a major refurbishment. The last restoration and renovation programme was in 1986.
The project was funded directly by Bangor City Council and involved work to strengthen the structure and also provide new handrails on the pier deck. Due to the precarious nature of the work, substantial scaffolding was required to comply with stringent Health and Safety measures.
There was also a requirement to dispose of all waste material in compliance with the regulations and a Marine Licence application was made and lodged with Natural Resources Wales and a dialogue was maintained with other interested parties. The restoration work, which was weather dependant, was anticipated to take up to three years to complete.
The City Council apologised in advance for any inconvenience during the construction project but said the works were deemed necessary to secure the future stability and safety of the Pier for future generations to enjoy. The Pier remained open to the public during the restoration, with the only effect being visually (scaffolding) and occasionally small areas of the pier being sectioned off.
The images below provide a view of some of the work involved during the restoration project. Click for the full size image. The final 12 images show the slow but steady task of scaffold and board removal on Phase 3 (the most challenging and expensive area of the whole pier refurb). Note in the pics that the steel has been replaced blasted and painted and the barge boards painted green.All images copyright City of Bangor Council 2019. All Rights Reserved