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Another coastal project for Kent construction business

End of the pier show for Barwicks - Ray Norman captured this unusual shot

End of the pier show for Barwicks - Ray Norman captured this unusual shot

Kent building firm Barwick Construction is celebrating after netting a high profile £1.1m contract to re-develop the tip of Deal pier, writes Helen Geraghty.

The Dover-based company, which employs 150 people, is to demolish the existing catering facilities at the sea end of the pier and build a new cafe and bar, featuring glass walls and timber frames.

Chairman Richard Barwick said the work, for Dover District Council, was a prestigious contract for his firm.

He said: "We are thrilled to be involved in such an important local project. When complete, it will provide Deal with a lasting and striking landmark."

Work is due to start next month. The building firm, established in 1850, has already been involved with ambitious coastline work, building supporting pillars into the sea at theatre and entertainment venue, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone.

The design for the Deal pier works came from an invited design competition organised for the council by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The winning design was by London-based Niall McLaughlin Architects, a practice that focuses on an inventive use of building materials. In 1998 Niall McLaughlin was named UK Young Architect of the Year

Deal pier is a relatively modern structure as it is understood to be the only pier in the UK to have been built since World War Two.

Two older piers came and went on the site before the current one was built.

See our picture special on the pier >>>

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