It’s Cromer Pier and it spent quite a lot of time on our TV screens over Christmas.
The pier was the backdrop of the BBC’s Winter Wonderland ‘short’ which appeared regularly between programmes; featuring a Mum and her teenage son re-connecting and enjoying time together at a fun-fair, the film was largely shot on location in the North Norfolk sea side town of Cromer.
Grade II listed Cromer Pier, twice winner of the Pier of the Year award, was constructed in 1902. It is not only a much loved local landmark but a great tourist attraction, and home to both the Cromer Lifeboat Station and the Pavilion Theatre, which hosts a hugely popular and wide ranging programme of shows and events throughout the year, including the award winning Seaside Special, which runs every summer from June until September.
The pier’s owners, North Norfolk District Council, are undertaking a programme of repairs to the pier including re-roofing the Pavilion Theatre. DCP is very pleased to be providing Contract Administration services on the project which will include replacement of both the flat roof coverings of the theatre and the distinctive zinc covered barrel roofs to its flanks. The contractor carrying out the works is Reeve Property Restoration.
It promises to be an interesting project. There can be few more exposed working sites than the end of a 151m pier out in the North Sea. Not only will the team be coping with the vagaries of the British winter but also ensuring that access to the lifeboat station behind the theatre is maintained at all times. Works under the pier are also taking place concurrently.
And, time is of the essence; works are due to complete for the re-opening of the Pavilion in Theatre in March, in preparation for the all-important summer season.