Paignton Pier to be redeveloped in 'Victorian' style

Paignton Pier image Image copyright Narracotts Architects
Image caption An artist's image of the proposals for Paignton Pier

A historic pier is to be redeveloped in "Victorian" style with entrance towers and rooftop seating.

Extensive work is expected to be carried out in the winter on Paignton Pier on the south Devon coast, which originally opened in 1879.

Torbay Council granted planning consent for the proposals, which have been drawn up by Narracotts Architects on behalf of Stade Developments Ltd.

The redevelopment plans have been welcomed by tourism leaders.

Mike Hughes, director at Narracotts, said: "We looked back at historic images from the 1920s and we have replicated the towers."

Image copyright Narracotts Architects
Image caption The new proposals are in the spirit of the pier as it was in the 1920s

Mr Hughes would not give a specific figure that will be spent on the pier but said it was a "considerable amount of money".

'Absolutely fantastic'

The report prepared by planning officers said: "The design is unlike other buildings and structures nearby but imitates the style of a traditional Victorian pier."

Carolyn Custerson, chief executive of the English Riviera Tourism Company, said: "It's absolutely fantastic to see this level of investment in re-development of Paignton Pier, with the renaissance going on nationally in pier restoration."

Designed by architect George Soudon Bridgeman, the 780ft (238m) original pier opened in June 1879 and was rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 1919.

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Image caption Paignton Pier as it stands

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