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SWANSEA WEST PIER WORKS

WHAT

Swansea West Pier is located near to the Tawe Barrage in Swansea Bay and is owned by Associated British Ports (ABP). ABP is currently exploring the option of repairing Swansea Inner West Pier by constructing a new retaining wall aligned immediately in front (seaward) of the existing pier structure.  

 

A range of engineering and environmental surveys are currently being undertaken to inform this decision.

To allow ABP personnel continued operational access, repairs to the existing surface of the pier and adjacent land will be pursued as a separate project. Such works present an opportunity to potentially undertake some enhancements in terms of public access and amenity for the local community.

 

WHY

WHAT

Swansea Inner West Pier is in a visibly poor condition and has suffered structural failure in several locations by recent winter storms.  This inner section of the pier provides wave protection to the navigation channel and the Tawe Barrage. It also holds the beach area to the west of the pier in its current position.

 

Without this structure, there could be the loss of beach material and flood and coastal erosion issues along the coastal frontage west of the pier. The pier is therefore considered to be an important piece of infrastructure for the City of Swansea.  

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HOW

Following an appraisal of all the potential repair options for the Swansea Inner West Pier, the preferred design option is that the new structure is fronted by a driven combination pile wall.

 

WHEN

WHAT

The Swansea Inner West Pier works are urgently required to avoid further deterioration of the structure. 2019 has been set as the target date for commencement of  these engineering works.  In the meantime, if issues arise, emergency repairs will continue to be made.

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WHO

As the owner of Swansea West Pier, ABP is proposing these pier works.  Marine consultancy, ABPmer, is managing the overall pre-application stage of the project, undertaking the necessary environmental studies and preparing the consents applications.  AECOM is leading the engineering design of the works.