Wessex Galvanizing is celebrating success after its ongoing partnership with a Farnham-based construction firm led to the refurbishment of the Isle of Wight’s iconic Totland Pier.
The firm was called upon by Rebus Construction, to provide its specialist hot-dip galvanizing services to over 40 tonnes of trusses and universal beams used in the refurbishment of the 450ft pier.
The project has been commissioned to replace the old Totland Pier as part of a new development on the island which will see the opening of a café and holiday accommodation.
Florin Tabacaru, of Rebus Construction Ltd, explained: “The old pier was built in 1880 and the main structures had become rotten due to the fact it has been exposed to the sea for over a hundred years. Once the trusses and universal beams had been fabricated, we required them to be galvanized to not only provide protection against rust and corrosion, but to ensure the longevity of the pier for many years to come.”
Totland Pier, which opened in 1880, was constructed using light girder framework which were settled on cast iron piles with a timber deck. Originally built to encourage visitation from people around the UK as a stage for safe and convenient landing, the pier was taken over by a private company in 2008 and is in the process of being restored to its former glory.
Richard Whiddett, Commercial Manager of Wessex Galvanizers, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on with Rebus Construction. The pier is well underway to being transformed back to an attractive hub for visitors and residents alike, no doubt bringing part of the island’s iconic landmark back, whilst giving a boost to the town’s economy.”