Year of the Pier Lecture series: Birnbeck Pier Back from the Brink with Rachel Lewis

Event Start Date:
16 October 2023
Event End Date:
19 October 2023
Event Venue:

Weston-super-Mare’s first pier was completed in 1867 to the designs of Eugenius Birch. Though it is grade II* listed, it has suffered decades of neglect after failing to regain its popularity post-World War II. Once home to a huge Victorian funfair it was also a popular staging point for pleasure steamers connecting the Somerset resort with Bristol and South Wales. Closed to the public since 1994, the pier was used by the RNLI until they too were forced to leave in 2014. Now a partnership of North Somerset Council and the RNLI, supported by Historic England, has developed proposals to save and restore the Pier. With funding secured, the restoration and reopening of the pier is an exciting long-term project that will finally see Birnbeck Island accessible once more. 

Rachel Lewis is Heritage and Design Manager at North Somerset Council and is the lead officer for the Birnbeck project. Rachel has had a long and varied career in Local Government but has always been involved in delivering capital projects often with multiple funding sources and partners.  She was the lead officer for the Weston sea defences and seafront enhancements completed in 2010 and her current team includes responsibilities for Heritage Action Zones, archaeology, conservation, urban design and project management.

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