Bosses at Southend Pier have given at an update on renovation works taking place in recent weeks. 

A barge has been spotted helping out with the works, which are taking place more than a mile out at sea. 

In an update on Twitter, Southend Pier said the barge has been helping construct the new toilets that are being installed. 

They also posted a timelapse video showing the progress being made. 

They wrote: "Visitors may have been wondering who our offshore friends are.

"The team on the barge are undergoing piling work to support the new WC block.

"To improve the visitor experience when spending a penny on future visits."

The upgrade of Southend Pier will also see new, all-electric trains installed, while a new restaurant area is being added inside The Royal Pavilion. 

Further additions include wind-blocks and a brand new viewing platform. 

Separate plans could also see a new cafe built on the pier which would come with a rooftop terrace.

The new trains were due to be introduced earlier this summer but were delayed by a paint issue. 

It is hoped they will be ready in time for September.