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Although the timescale for completion of the works on Dunoon’s iconic Victorian pier have slipped, owners Argyll and Bute Council say the restoration work is ‘going well’.



The A-listed structure was declared unsafe last year and the £2.83m repair and refurbishment project should see initial work on the pier buildings complete by the end of September, and the structural repairs by February.


The council had hoped the pier would be open to the public again by the end of the year.


Initial work on the Phase 1A structural element has so far involved a number of elements.


These include lifting the decking to check the condition of the piles, which were not previously accessible.

This work identified some further piles which will need to be replaced, paid for through the project’s contingency budget.

Around a fifth of the piles and bracings have been replaced on the pedestrian access, and this work should have reached the halfway mark by the end of July.


The refurbishment and replacement of the decking boards will follow on from the piling and bracing work, and the handrail refurbishing work is underway with initial preparation and priming having taken place.


All the materials for the traditional works is on site, with the pile encapsulation system expected to be delivered by the end of July.


The council says the Phase 1B work on the buildings is also going well.


The internal and external rot surveys were completed at the end of June, now giving a complete picture of the condition of the buildings.


Scaffold has gone up around the waiting room building. Nine windows from the western end of the building have been removed due to the presence of rot in the wall plate and roof rafters. This means that the scaffold, as well as providing access, is also giving structural support to this part of the building while these areas are repaired.


The work on the waiting room roof will begin on Monday (July 20). In the interim the mountings, faces and dials of the clock tower are being refurbished. As the present clock system is old, and replacing the motor would prove difficult in the future, a specialist sub-contractor, James Ritchie and Sons Clockmakers of Broxburn, has been appointed to carry out refurbishment works and to fit modern clock movements directly on the back of the vintage dials.


External rot repair work is underway, which will be followed by the contractor painting the outside of the building.


Proposals are currently being developed to refurbish the gates at the pedestrian access to the pier which, in conjunction with new signage, should provide a more welcoming entrance.

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