Bad Weather Halts Work On Clacton Pier


The Beast from the East has caused delays on the new £4m development at Clacton Pier, forcing bosses to draft in extra workers.

The landmark is set to become a major attraction in East Anglia – boasting a new £500,000 indoor and outdoor adventure golf course over two levels, as well as a £500,000 children’s play area.

Only pier contractor TSI, which is carrying out the main steel construction, continued throughout the big freeze, but all other activity on the build came to a halt. When the worst of the snow hit, bosses also took the decision to close off the top end of the pier and all rides were shut over the weekend.

Pier director Billy Ball said  “The team worked on in bitterly cold temperatures and freezing winds on the Monday, but once the Beast from the East hit us the next day it was very difficult to carry on. The design team was able to finalise technical details for the shell of the building but we definitely lost some time on what is a pretty tight schedule.

“However, we are confident that with some improved weather and extra workers coming on board this week that we will still be able to open the new adventure golf course, children’s play area, new first floor dodgems and coffee shop in July.”

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