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Fleetwood Pier (Victoria Pier)
Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
Fleetwood Pier (Victoria Pier)
associated engineer
G.T. Lumb
date  1910
UK era  Modern  |  category  Pier, seaside  |  reference  SD336485
ICE reference number  HEW 1291
photo  courtesy ICE
The last pier to be built in England at the end of almost a century of seaside pleasure pier construction that began with Ryde Pier in 1813.
In common with the later generation of seaside piers, Fleetwood is short in length (492ft) and its buildings grouped at the landward end. Earlier piers had their pavilions on their pierheads.
It was built for the Fleetwood Victoria Pier Company and opened on Whit Monday in 1910.
The original part of the pier's structure consists of vertical cast iron columns braced diagonally by tie rods and horizontally by angle irons. The original buildings comprised four kiosks with graceful roofs and a large curved-roof pavilion. However, the pier suffered a fire in 1952, which destroyed a great deal.
The pierhead deck was rebuilt in reinforced concrete with transverse and longitudinal concrete beams on five rows of columns. The seaward end of the neck was also rebuilt in reinforced concrete, on four rows of columns.
The wide landward end of the pier was rebuilt in 1972 using galvanised steel lattice girders. The modern single storey building that now houses amusements, a bar and a cinema was also built at this time.
The pier was in the control of local families for nearly 40 years. It closed in November 2000 and was vandalised in 2001. After a 2m refurbishment, it reopened on 11th December 2003.
Main contractor (1972): Henry Parr Ltd
Research: PD

Fleetwood Pier (Victoria Pier)