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Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
Falmouth, Cornwall
associated engineer
Louis Gustave Mouchel
date  1903
UK era  Modern  |  category  Pier, harbour  |  reference  SW807330
ICE reference number  HEW 1896
This reinforced concrete pier was built as an extension to the existing masonry wharf at Falmouth's thriving port and dockyards. It juts out at a right angle to the wharf, to a length of 900ft.
The Hennebique-concrete deck is 36ft wide and 5in thick. At every 20ft 3in interval stands a trestle of three reinforced concrete piles, supporting the deck and descending 30ft to the sea bed. These are 'sleeved' in mass concrete -- an early example of the technique -- giving them the appearance of solid columns. Sleeving was used to provide greater stability because the piles are sunk only 8ft into the ocean floor, where they meet rock.
Work on the pier was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales (later King George V), hence its name.
reference sources   CEH South

Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth