Newport Galvanizers, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has played a vital part in breathing new life into a famous seaside town.
The hot dip galvanizing expert was called in to help with the rebuilding of Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier after the historic tourist attraction was destroyed by fire two years ago.
The firm galvanized steel used by Pontypool-based Diverse Engineering to construct three fire escapes and six access ladders as part of the £51million overall restoration project. This treatment, which involved it being dipped in molten zinc at a temperature of 450 °C, will make sure that the steel is protected from being corroded by the harsh seaside elements.
“It is so great to see the new pier back in business,” explained Mike Small, Sales Manager of Newport Galvanizers. “The fire was devastating for the local community at the time, but after a lot of hard work, the new pavilion looks absolutely fantastic,” he added.
Paul James, Managing Director of Diverse Engineering, commented: “We’re really pleased to have played a part in such a fantastic project and hope holidaying families will enjoy all the attractions for years to come.”
The 106-year old, Grade II listed pavilion at the pier was devastated in a blaze back in July 2008, but following two years of tireless work it now operates as a year-round indoor theme park. Along with traditional family favourites like a go kart track, ghost train and arcades, it also incorporates a 90 metre tower that doubles up as a wedding venue for local couples looking to tie the knot.