- Southport Pier
Southport Pier is a Grade II listed structure in
Southport, Merseyside, England. At 3,650 feet (1112 m) it is the second longest in Great Britainafter Southend Pier. [* [http://www.southportpier.com/ southportpier.com Southport Pier website] ] A tram link runs from Southport to the pier head (the far end of the pier).
Recent modernisation and repair of the pier formed part of a wider redevelopment strategy, including the new Marine Drive sea wall, landscaping around the pier and the new tram route, and the new £23m Ocean Plaza shopping centre - which presents a blank back wall on the seaward side. Completion was in 2002. [ [http://www.cabe.org.uk/default.aspx?contentitemid=1087&aspectid=6 CABE case study] ]
The pier is a completely open structure, with modern railings on an older base, and a deck made of hardwood slats, affording a partial view of the sea below. Plans to restore the Victorian shelters along its length remain just plans.
The modern structure at the pier head, the Pavilion, was designed by Liverpool architects
Shed KM. The building houses a cafeteria and a collection of vintage mechanical amusement machines, re-creating a traditional pier-end penny arcade. The age of the machines is such that they operate on pre- decimalisationpennies.
National Piers SocietyPier of the Year
* [http://www.visitsouthport.com/site/resort-attractions/southport-pier-p92273 Southport Pier at visitsouthport.com]
* [http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/piers/southport%20pier.htm History of Southport Pier]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/southportpier/ Pictures of Southport Pier]
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