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Dunoon Pier refurb in full swing

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AFTER years of neglect, which resulted in Dunoon's iconic Victorian pier being declared unsafe, work is now well underway to preserve the A-listed structure.

Glasgow-based civil engineers George Leslie Ltd is working on the £1.7m Phase 1A of the project, repairs to the substructure.

The firm is using a new encapsulation method to repair and protect 27 of the pier's timber piles, and 46 will be replaced.

Decking along the pedestrian access to the pier, its southern arm, has been lifted, and is being repaired before being replaced.

Existing handrails will be redecorated, with new matching ones being installed along the pierhead.

The next phase of refurbishment, 1B, will be carried out by W H Kirkwood Ltd of Greenock. This will see just over £500,000 spent on the former waiting room and harbourmaster's office.

A council spokesman told us recently: "The [waiting room] building will be refurbished to provide two separate but connected multi-functional spaces in what were the 1st and 3rd class waiting rooms. The heating, lighting and ventilation systems will be upgraded to modern standards, with repairs to the existing flooring including a new vinyl covering.

"The rotten window frames are set to be repaired, with any broken panes of glass replaced, and new toilets being installed in what was the central foyer as well as new access ramps. The building will also be redecorated throughout."

The spokesman continued: "The harbourmaster's office will also be redecorated throughout, with new signage and gates being installed at the public access point to the pier."

The spokesman added: "The public should be able to gain access to key areas of the pier by the end of the year."

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