Pier Approach Regeneration

Completed 2018

Pier Approach sees over 2 million visitors pass through each year and, prior to refurbishment had become dated and tired, suffering from collapsing paving. It had previously been refurbished in the early 1980s.

This principal arrival point onto the seafront links Bournemouth Pier and surrounding leisure attractions with the historic Grade II listed Lower Gardens and is often used as a centre stage setting for major events including the Bournemouth Air Festival, Marathon and Arts Festival.

The Project

The project was delivered by the Council’s Destination, Development and Strategy Team in two phases:

Phase 1 – eastern side of Pier Approach, completed 2015 

Delivering new hard and soft landscaping; a family friendly waterplay feature together with seating terrace, leaf shaped shelter and a new Tourist Information Centre was constructed. This phase of the scheme also features new low-energy LED street lighting incorporating light display projectors.

Phase 2 – central & western areas of Pier Approach, completed 2018

Adding further hard and soft landscaping at Pier Approach and the installation of the first semi-submerged bins providing additional refuse capacity

Pier Approach west

Project Details

Phase 1: £5.2m funded by Bournemouth Borough Council
Phase 2: £1.9m funded by the Coastal Communities Fund 
Project Lead 
Andrew Emery, Resort Development & Strategic Planning Manager
Main Contractors 
Phase 1: Willmott Dixon
Phase 2: Alun Griffiths

Part funded by the Coastal Communities Fund coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum

BCP Seafront Strategy Statement 2020

Creating a World Class Seafront, promoting investment, wellbeing and sustainability

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