Work under way on Southend Pier's new cultural centre

Work under way on Southend Pier's new cultural centre

Heavy job – a crane lifts one of the sections of the building into place

The building takes shape

A computer image of the building, designed by architects White Arkitekter

First published in Local News Echo: Photograph of the Author by

THESE are the first glimpses of Southend Pier’s new £3million cultural centre, putting many doubters’ minds at rest.

The 200-tonne web of steel, wood and glass is being pieced together at Tilbury Docks, ready to be winched into place at the end of the pier.

This is due to happen in about six weeks.

Work on the building has been under way for more than two months, but its off-site construction led many residents to question whether Southend Council would stick to its promises.

When finished, it will be used for public theatre, cultural shows, art exhibitions.

It will be available for private hire for conferences and even weddings.

Derek Jarvis, Southend Tory councillor responsible for tourism and culture, insisted everything was on track.

He said: “The problem is we can tell people it is happening, but if they can’t see it for themselves, they understandably may not believe us.

“What we want to show them is that it is coming together, on time, and it will be in place for the summer.”

Ninety per cent of the centre, which is 11m high at its tallest point, will be built at the docks, before it is lifted on to a barge and transported 18 miles down the Thames.

When it arrives at the pier, the barge will moor about 100m away and a sea crane will lift the building and place it on to a pre-prepared area of the pierhead.

The council hopes to have the centre in place by the start of May, although the process is dependent on the weather. Mark Murphy, the authority’s group manager for property and regeneration, said: “We need a period of two days of good weather to do it.

“If a storm suddenly hits us, we can’t risk it. The water would be too rough.”

Once the building is on the pier, bosses estimate it will take another eight to ten weeks to complete the glazing, wiring and finishing touches.

Mr Jarvis said he hoped it would be finished by the time the Olympic torch arrives in the town on July 6.

He added: “I think it will be a real symbol for Southend when it is finished.

“People will be able to see it from all over the town and it will be a real hub for culture and tourism.”

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8:47am Tue 27 Mar 12

The Gentleman says...

Good news for the pier at last.
Good news for the pier at last. The Gentleman
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9:13am Tue 27 Mar 12

j-w says...

The Gentleman wrote:
Good news for the pier at last.
Except for the fact that it is completely not what is wanted or needed at the end of the pier.
[quote][p][bold]The Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Good news for the pier at last.[/p][/quote]Except for the fact that it is completely not what is wanted or needed at the end of the pier. j-w
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10:40am Tue 27 Mar 12

jayman says...

no other pressing matters for the council I take it!

the seafront/town beach has absorbed so much council (grant) funded investment yet there are parts of the town that desperately needs investment and is left in decline..
no other pressing matters for the council I take it! the seafront/town beach has absorbed so much council (grant) funded investment yet there are parts of the town that desperately needs investment and is left in decline.. jayman
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10:46am Tue 27 Mar 12

alimac69 says...

200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight? alimac69
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10:49am Tue 27 Mar 12

APR says...

Lets just hoe that it's fire proof.

As well as ship proof.
Lets just hoe that it's fire proof. As well as ship proof. APR
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11:41am Tue 27 Mar 12

LibbyJ says...

alimac69 wrote:
200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
[quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked? LibbyJ
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11:41am Tue 27 Mar 12

LibbyJ says...

alimac69 wrote:
200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
[quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked? LibbyJ
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11:46am Tue 27 Mar 12

maxell says...

jayman wrote:
no other pressing matters for the council I take it!

the seafront/town beach has absorbed so much council (grant) funded investment yet there are parts of the town that desperately needs investment and is left in decline..
they have to make it look nice so the passengers who look out from the thames airport will have a good view
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: no other pressing matters for the council I take it! the seafront/town beach has absorbed so much council (grant) funded investment yet there are parts of the town that desperately needs investment and is left in decline..[/p][/quote]they have to make it look nice so the passengers who look out from the thames airport will have a good view maxell
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12:42pm Tue 27 Mar 12

perini says...

j-w wrote:
The Gentleman wrote: Good news for the pier at last.
Except for the fact that it is completely not what is wanted or needed at the end of the pier.
Good point - I was wondering whose vanity project this was?
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Good news for the pier at last.[/p][/quote]Except for the fact that it is completely not what is wanted or needed at the end of the pier.[/p][/quote]Good point - I was wondering whose vanity project this was? perini
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12:49pm Tue 27 Mar 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

When it arrives at the pier, the barge will moor about 100m away


that's if it remembers to stop or doesn't fail to notice a pier there and ploughs straight into it......
[quote]When it arrives at the pier, the barge will moor about 100m away [/quote] that's if it remembers to stop or doesn't fail to notice a pier there and ploughs straight into it...... The Cater Wood Creeper
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12:51pm Tue 27 Mar 12

r6keith says...

I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.
I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens. r6keith
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1:49pm Tue 27 Mar 12

live in westcliff says...

A cultural centre....what's that all about? What the pier needs is:
1. To be free to pedestrians only payment made if catching the train.
2. There to be boat trips from the end of the pier.
3. Nice restaurant/cafe.
A cultural centre....what's that all about? What the pier needs is: 1. To be free to pedestrians only payment made if catching the train. 2. There to be boat trips from the end of the pier. 3. Nice restaurant/cafe. live in westcliff
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1:59pm Tue 27 Mar 12

southendreb says...

I hope its not on track Mr Derek cos a train will hit it.
I hope its not on track Mr Derek cos a train will hit it. southendreb
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2:31pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

LibbyJ wrote:
alimac69 wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
Not been down there lately then?

Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in?

Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment.

Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.
[quote][p][bold]LibbyJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?[/p][/quote]Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat. Max Impact
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2:46pm Tue 27 Mar 12

jolllyboy says...

A new cultural centre with art and theatre on the pier, A new Museum on the Cliffs with arts, A new library with arts etc. We as tax payers are contributing towards this as well as the council getting grants. How do we feel knowing that some of this money has come at the expense of removing the subsidy from needy causes like meals on wheels and no money left for essential equipment for disabled people, also cutting buses. I do not feel comfortable with that. There are not enough concessions to the residents of the town either which some other towns do.
A new cultural centre with art and theatre on the pier, A new Museum on the Cliffs with arts, A new library with arts etc. We as tax payers are contributing towards this as well as the council getting grants. How do we feel knowing that some of this money has come at the expense of removing the subsidy from needy causes like meals on wheels and no money left for essential equipment for disabled people, also cutting buses. I do not feel comfortable with that. There are not enough concessions to the residents of the town either which some other towns do. jolllyboy
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4:43pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

r6keith wrote:
I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.
I love the Southend humour! At last something positive is happening at the end of the Pier so it's not going to be the world's longest Pier Train Ride To Sod All for much longer.
Let's hope it's fire proof, vandal proof, boat proof and is a huge success.
By the way, what DID happen to the Ruddy Turnstones? Hopefully they will have a successful breeding season and aren't too disturbed by what's happening there!
[quote][p][bold]r6keith[/bold] wrote: I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.[/p][/quote]I love the Southend humour! At last something positive is happening at the end of the Pier so it's not going to be the world's longest Pier Train Ride To Sod All for much longer. Let's hope it's fire proof, vandal proof, boat proof and is a huge success. By the way, what DID happen to the Ruddy Turnstones? Hopefully they will have a successful breeding season and aren't too disturbed by what's happening there! Alice in Her Own Land :P
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6:27pm Tue 27 Mar 12

John the resonator says...

r6keith wrote:
I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.
Actually they were seeded here years ago. The unassuming-looking Ruddy Turnstones are their current manifestation. They were the advance party and searched the local group of galaxies looking for a council that has it's eye sufficiently off the ball to be a weak point on our planet. They will incubate their eggs to be hatched under the cultural centre but not as Turnstones this time.

http://1.bp.blogspot
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8/niqUJTfI1Sc/s1600/
alien-egg.jpg

These bad boys are going for planetary invasion. 2013 is going to be a difficult year. Our survival is not guaranteed.
[quote][p][bold]r6keith[/bold] wrote: I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.[/p][/quote]Actually they were seeded here years ago. The unassuming-looking Ruddy Turnstones are their current manifestation. They were the advance party and searched the local group of galaxies looking for a council that has it's eye sufficiently off the ball to be a weak point on our planet. They will incubate their eggs to be hatched under the cultural centre but not as Turnstones this time. http://1.bp.blogspot .com/-5weGiwZ2b44/Tb HGW__S-xI/AAAAAAAACY 8/niqUJTfI1Sc/s1600/ alien-egg.jpg These bad boys are going for planetary invasion. 2013 is going to be a difficult year. Our survival is not guaranteed. John the resonator
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7:30pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

jolllyboy wrote:
A new cultural centre with art and theatre on the pier, A new Museum on the Cliffs with arts, A new library with arts etc. We as tax payers are contributing towards this as well as the council getting grants. How do we feel knowing that some of this money has come at the expense of removing the subsidy from needy causes like meals on wheels and no money left for essential equipment for disabled people, also cutting buses. I do not feel comfortable with that. There are not enough concessions to the residents of the town either which some other towns do.
The simple way round it is...

In reguard to the two projects currently under construction these being the Pier Head building and the new Library, should the cliffs museum get it's funding if you feel your conscience might not cope with the shame of going against your beliefs of using the new facilitys whilst services are being cut then then Don't use any of them ever!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: A new cultural centre with art and theatre on the pier, A new Museum on the Cliffs with arts, A new library with arts etc. We as tax payers are contributing towards this as well as the council getting grants. How do we feel knowing that some of this money has come at the expense of removing the subsidy from needy causes like meals on wheels and no money left for essential equipment for disabled people, also cutting buses. I do not feel comfortable with that. There are not enough concessions to the residents of the town either which some other towns do.[/p][/quote]The simple way round it is... In reguard to the two projects currently under construction these being the Pier Head building and the new Library, should the cliffs museum get it's funding if you feel your conscience might not cope with the shame of going against your beliefs of using the new facilitys whilst services are being cut then then Don't use any of them ever! Max Impact
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7:39pm Tue 27 Mar 12

John the resonator says...

Max Impact wrote:
LibbyJ wrote:
alimac69 wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
Not been down there lately then?

Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in?

Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment.

Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.
Yes indeed. Been down there the last couple of weekends (great for £1) and was impressed with the work going on.

Not quite sure why someone would suggest the structural strength of the pier had 'not been checked.'
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LibbyJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?[/p][/quote]Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed. Been down there the last couple of weekends (great for £1) and was impressed with the work going on. Not quite sure why someone would suggest the structural strength of the pier had 'not been checked.' John the resonator
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8:17pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

John the resonator wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
LibbyJ wrote:
alimac69 wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.
Yes indeed. Been down there the last couple of weekends (great for £1) and was impressed with the work going on. Not quite sure why someone would suggest the structural strength of the pier had 'not been checked.'
Sadly there are some in Southend that hate to see anything new, any changes, any investment in anything, anti-private investment.

They are the people who maon when nothing happens then moan when some does happen.

Unless it is to their specific exacting specifications then its wrong wrong wrong and a waste of money and time.
[quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LibbyJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?[/p][/quote]Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed. Been down there the last couple of weekends (great for £1) and was impressed with the work going on. Not quite sure why someone would suggest the structural strength of the pier had 'not been checked.'[/p][/quote]Sadly there are some in Southend that hate to see anything new, any changes, any investment in anything, anti-private investment. They are the people who maon when nothing happens then moan when some does happen. Unless it is to their specific exacting specifications then its wrong wrong wrong and a waste of money and time. Max Impact
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9:08pm Tue 27 Mar 12

southendreb says...

Open your eyes Max Its people like you that are living in the past, Its just a rehash of things we have already got.
Theatres we have got.
conference centres we have got.
Art Exhibitions, hardly anybody go`s to.
Culteral Exhibitions hardly full.
Mr Jarvis wants an upmarket resturant on there as well.
Its easy to critisize people Maybe you should listen somtimes. O and by the way i did go to the pier consultation a few years ago did you? but theuy obviously think a bunch of pencil lickers in Sweden know better. As forus moaners we are still waiting for the successfull cafe in Warrior Square and the york road market to appear.
Open your eyes Max Its people like you that are living in the past, Its just a rehash of things we have already got. Theatres we have got. conference centres we have got. Art Exhibitions, hardly anybody go`s to. Culteral Exhibitions hardly full. Mr Jarvis wants an upmarket resturant on there as well. Its easy to critisize people Maybe you should listen somtimes. O and by the way i did go to the pier consultation a few years ago did you? but theuy obviously think a bunch of pencil lickers in Sweden know better. As forus moaners we are still waiting for the successfull cafe in Warrior Square and the york road market to appear. southendreb
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10:34pm Tue 27 Mar 12

jayman says...

south end pier cultural centre.

grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!!

Mondays.. closed
Tuesdays.. closed
Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!!

Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm
exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions'

Fridays.. closed for essential repair work.

Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal.
Sundays.. closed.

this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons.

*Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..
south end pier cultural centre. grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!! Mondays.. closed Tuesdays.. closed Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!! Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions' Fridays.. closed for essential repair work. Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal. Sundays.. closed. this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons. *Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief.. jayman
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10:54pm Tue 27 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

jayman wrote:
south end pier cultural centre.

grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!!

Mondays.. closed
Tuesdays.. closed
Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!!

Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm
exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions'

Fridays.. closed for essential repair work.

Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal.
Sundays.. closed.

this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons.

*Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..
South end?

Southend as in Southend-on-Sea is one word not two.

Going off on a tangent... No Red Arrows for the airshow.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: south end pier cultural centre. grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!! Mondays.. closed Tuesdays.. closed Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!! Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions' Fridays.. closed for essential repair work. Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal. Sundays.. closed. this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons. *Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..[/p][/quote]South end? Southend as in Southend-on-Sea is one word not two. Going off on a tangent... No Red Arrows for the airshow. Max Impact
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11:02pm Tue 27 Mar 12

jayman says...

wow max.. your counter arguments are getting worst

your humour is getting better but still needs more work.
wow max.. your counter arguments are getting worst your humour is getting better but still needs more work. jayman
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11:16pm Tue 27 Mar 12

jayman says...

Max Impact wrote:
jayman wrote:
south end pier cultural centre.

grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!!

Mondays.. closed
Tuesdays.. closed
Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!!

Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm
exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions'

Fridays.. closed for essential repair work.

Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal.
Sundays.. closed.

this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons.

*Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..
South end?

Southend as in Southend-on-Sea is one word not two.

Going off on a tangent... No Red Arrows for the airshow.
you can always tell when a Tory is loosing an argument because he/she will instantly use spelling and grammar mistakes he/she has found to better there argument in loosing desperation.

this is human retrograde behaver, formed by stress from early childhood within the young Tory. possibly while 'prefect' was beating ten bells out of you for letting your cricket team down or something..

max. I hand it over to you
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: south end pier cultural centre. grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!! Mondays.. closed Tuesdays.. closed Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!! Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions' Fridays.. closed for essential repair work. Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal. Sundays.. closed. this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons. *Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..[/p][/quote]South end? Southend as in Southend-on-Sea is one word not two. Going off on a tangent... No Red Arrows for the airshow.[/p][/quote]you can always tell when a Tory is loosing an argument because he/she will instantly use spelling and grammar mistakes he/she has found to better there argument in loosing desperation. this is human retrograde behaver, formed by stress from early childhood within the young Tory. possibly while 'prefect' was beating ten bells out of you for letting your cricket team down or something.. max. I hand it over to you jayman
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6:48am Wed 28 Mar 12

SARFENDMAN says...

Nice to see any life at the end of the Pier but worry a tad of what will be the big draw apart from the structure and is their a budget for staffing. Does culture mean some "amusements?" those who remember the doughnut and buildings prior to major fires saw that without the right attractions inside they failed to pull the punters. Just one more minor point will not the classy Portaloo get a bit crowded?
Nice to see any life at the end of the Pier but worry a tad of what will be the big draw apart from the structure and is their a budget for staffing. Does culture mean some "amusements?" those who remember the doughnut and buildings prior to major fires saw that without the right attractions inside they failed to pull the punters. Just one more minor point will not the classy Portaloo get a bit crowded? SARFENDMAN
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11:44am Wed 28 Mar 12

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

Well it's only taken umpteen years of consultancy, which no doubt cost more than the actual build! (but hey, we gotta keep those 'tory' friendly consultants pockets fat havent we??)
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Let's hope it's a success, benefits the towns residents and not a flawed design like most of SBC approved projects these days (you know, debacles like Pier Hill Development, Southend Travel Centre (Bus Station), Victoria Gateway, Cuckoo Corner, Seafront Shared Spaces, Seafront Cycle Lanes, Warrior Square Cafe, etc, etc!)
.
So how many years of consultations left before we get something where the Bowling Alley was?
(Better not mention the Cliff Slippages!)
Well it's only taken umpteen years of consultancy, which no doubt cost more than the actual build! (but hey, we gotta keep those 'tory' friendly consultants pockets fat havent we??) . Let's hope it's a success, benefits the towns residents and not a flawed design like most of SBC approved projects these days (you know, debacles like Pier Hill Development, Southend Travel Centre (Bus Station), Victoria Gateway, Cuckoo Corner, Seafront Shared Spaces, Seafront Cycle Lanes, Warrior Square Cafe, etc, etc!) . So how many years of consultations left before we get something where the Bowling Alley was? (Better not mention the Cliff Slippages!) Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
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4:18pm Wed 28 Mar 12

alimac69 says...

Max Impact wrote:
LibbyJ wrote:
alimac69 wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.
Only £1? Was about £6 last time I walked the pier.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LibbyJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?[/p][/quote]Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.[/p][/quote]Only £1? Was about £6 last time I walked the pier. alimac69
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4:26pm Wed 28 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

alimac69 wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
LibbyJ wrote:
alimac69 wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?
That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?
Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.
Only £1? Was about £6 last time I walked the pier.
Never per person £3.20 more like it.

If you live in Southend get an Advantage card it save you money in the town.
[quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LibbyJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alimac69[/bold] wrote: 200 tonnes? will the decrepit old pier be able to cope with that amount of weight?[/p][/quote]That's a very good question. Has anyone checked?[/p][/quote]Not been down there lately then? Not seen the vast amounts of "ground" work that has been put in? Dozens of new pilings deck work, pipes, cables, fire fighting equipment. Worth a trek down at the weekends, its only £1 and you get to see the work underway to repair the damage caused by the fishing boat.[/p][/quote]Only £1? Was about £6 last time I walked the pier.[/p][/quote]Never per person £3.20 more like it. If you live in Southend get an Advantage card it save you money in the town. Max Impact
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4:29pm Wed 28 Mar 12

Max Impact says...

jayman wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
jayman wrote: south end pier cultural centre. grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!! Mondays.. closed Tuesdays.. closed Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!! Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions' Fridays.. closed for essential repair work. Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal. Sundays.. closed. this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons. *Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..
South end? Southend as in Southend-on-Sea is one word not two. Going off on a tangent... No Red Arrows for the airshow.
you can always tell when a Tory is loosing an argument because he/she will instantly use spelling and grammar mistakes he/she has found to better there argument in loosing desperation. this is human retrograde behaver, formed by stress from early childhood within the young Tory. possibly while 'prefect' was beating ten bells out of you for letting your cricket team down or something.. max. I hand it over to you
and when a Lib Dem speaks only moan and moan and moan, will pick to bits any and all private investments, will find fault with anything they have not dictated and orderd to be done.

The Lib Dems will sell the country to europe the first chance they get.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: south end pier cultural centre. grand opening. inner party members and business leaders ONLY!! Mondays.. closed Tuesdays.. closed Wednesdays.. open! 4pm-5pm. tycoons with top hats ONLY!! Thursdays.. open! 4pm-4:15pm exhibition. A local artiest displays works of modern art exploring the theme 'If you don't like it.. move out of town!' and 'squandering millions' Fridays.. closed for essential repair work. Saturdays.. SBC Tory cabinet drinks and sit down meal. Sundays.. closed. this facility closed thought the winter months for H&S reasons. *Southend borough council, the pier and monkeys with plastic sheets and a hammer building LTD accept no liability for accidents caused by 'bits falling off, sliding into the estuary, 1 micron thick plastic walls smashing like a wafer in high wind, ignorance, arrogance or incompetence' while you are near this structure, possibly looking at it in disbelief..[/p][/quote]South end? Southend as in Southend-on-Sea is one word not two. Going off on a tangent... No Red Arrows for the airshow.[/p][/quote]you can always tell when a Tory is loosing an argument because he/she will instantly use spelling and grammar mistakes he/she has found to better there argument in loosing desperation. this is human retrograde behaver, formed by stress from early childhood within the young Tory. possibly while 'prefect' was beating ten bells out of you for letting your cricket team down or something.. max. I hand it over to you[/p][/quote]and when a Lib Dem speaks only moan and moan and moan, will pick to bits any and all private investments, will find fault with anything they have not dictated and orderd to be done. The Lib Dems will sell the country to europe the first chance they get. Max Impact
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5:28pm Wed 28 Mar 12

r6keith says...

John the resonator wrote:
r6keith wrote: I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.
Actually they were seeded here years ago. The unassuming-looking Ruddy Turnstones are their current manifestation. They were the advance party and searched the local group of galaxies looking for a council that has it's eye sufficiently off the ball to be a weak point on our planet. They will incubate their eggs to be hatched under the cultural centre but not as Turnstones this time. http://1.bp.blogspot .com/-5weGiwZ2b44/Tb HGW__S-xI/AAAAAAAACY 8/niqUJTfI1Sc/s1600/ alien-egg.jpg These bad boys are going for planetary invasion. 2013 is going to be a difficult year. Our survival is not guaranteed.
I think we already have a sercret protective weapon the pier itself ! This protection comes in the form of protect us at any cost , during previous alien invasions its has set itself alight four! times, caused many a stray ship to break its back severing the heart of the alien colonys from us on the main land. All this without recognition of its bravery .....Im certain that when the invasion happens in 2013 the pier will come to our rescue !
[quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]r6keith[/bold] wrote: I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.[/p][/quote]Actually they were seeded here years ago. The unassuming-looking Ruddy Turnstones are their current manifestation. They were the advance party and searched the local group of galaxies looking for a council that has it's eye sufficiently off the ball to be a weak point on our planet. They will incubate their eggs to be hatched under the cultural centre but not as Turnstones this time. http://1.bp.blogspot .com/-5weGiwZ2b44/Tb HGW__S-xI/AAAAAAAACY 8/niqUJTfI1Sc/s1600/ alien-egg.jpg These bad boys are going for planetary invasion. 2013 is going to be a difficult year. Our survival is not guaranteed.[/p][/quote]I think we already have a sercret protective weapon the pier itself ! This protection comes in the form of protect us at any cost , during previous alien invasions its has set itself alight four! times, caused many a stray ship to break its back severing the heart of the alien colonys from us on the main land. All this without recognition of its bravery .....Im certain that when the invasion happens in 2013 the pier will come to our rescue ! r6keith
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9:34pm Wed 28 Mar 12

John the resonator says...

r6keith wrote:
John the resonator wrote:
r6keith wrote: I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.
Actually they were seeded here years ago. The unassuming-looking Ruddy Turnstones are their current manifestation. They were the advance party and searched the local group of galaxies looking for a council that has it's eye sufficiently off the ball to be a weak point on our planet. They will incubate their eggs to be hatched under the cultural centre but not as Turnstones this time. http://1.bp.blogspot .com/-5weGiwZ2b44/Tb HGW__S-xI/AAAAAAAACY 8/niqUJTfI1Sc/s1600/ alien-egg.jpg These bad boys are going for planetary invasion. 2013 is going to be a difficult year. Our survival is not guaranteed.
I think we already have a sercret protective weapon the pier itself ! This protection comes in the form of protect us at any cost , during previous alien invasions its has set itself alight four! times, caused many a stray ship to break its back severing the heart of the alien colonys from us on the main land. All this without recognition of its bravery .....Im certain that when the invasion happens in 2013 the pier will come to our rescue !
Well I certainly admire your confidence.

Maybe the pier itself is a huge aerial built to detect long wavelength communications emanating from inter galactic craft.

The occasional boat collisions are the result of their navigational electronics being disrupted by the signals. A small price to pay for the safety of our planet wouldn't you say?
[quote][p][bold]r6keith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John the resonator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]r6keith[/bold] wrote: I am a little concerned the third picture shows exactly what this project is really about. Its a time portal for transparent aliens.[/p][/quote]Actually they were seeded here years ago. The unassuming-looking Ruddy Turnstones are their current manifestation. They were the advance party and searched the local group of galaxies looking for a council that has it's eye sufficiently off the ball to be a weak point on our planet. They will incubate their eggs to be hatched under the cultural centre but not as Turnstones this time. http://1.bp.blogspot .com/-5weGiwZ2b44/Tb HGW__S-xI/AAAAAAAACY 8/niqUJTfI1Sc/s1600/ alien-egg.jpg These bad boys are going for planetary invasion. 2013 is going to be a difficult year. Our survival is not guaranteed.[/p][/quote]I think we already have a sercret protective weapon the pier itself ! This protection comes in the form of protect us at any cost , during previous alien invasions its has set itself alight four! times, caused many a stray ship to break its back severing the heart of the alien colonys from us on the main land. All this without recognition of its bravery .....Im certain that when the invasion happens in 2013 the pier will come to our rescue ![/p][/quote]Well I certainly admire your confidence. Maybe the pier itself is a huge aerial built to detect long wavelength communications emanating from inter galactic craft. The occasional boat collisions are the result of their navigational electronics being disrupted by the signals. A small price to pay for the safety of our planet wouldn't you say? John the resonator
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10:17am Thu 29 Mar 12

beppo1 says...

I hope this new 'building' will be a place where residents and visitors can have a fun day. I expect it will all be in place in time for the Olympic games!!!!!!
I hope this new 'building' will be a place where residents and visitors can have a fun day. I expect it will all be in place in time for the Olympic games!!!!!! beppo1
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1:43pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Alekhine says...

Another opportunity for the pier to get hit by a barge...
Can't put it up now, better take it back.
Another opportunity for the pier to get hit by a barge... Can't put it up now, better take it back. Alekhine
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