West Pier was built in 1866. It was developped by Eugenius Birch. Originally the West Pier had an open deck with only six small ornamental houses of oriental design, two toll houses and glass screens at the pier head to protect visitors from the wind and sun. In 1875 a central bandstand was added. In the 1880's weather screens the full length of the pier, steamer landing stages and a large pier head pavilion were constructed. The final building, completed in 1916, was a graceful concert hall.
In March 2003 the West Pier was destroyed by a fire. It wasn't restored since then. The city council has the money to restore (GBP 1,5 million). There are people who likes the restoration of the Pier and there are others who are against it. So, they don't know when they will start to restore.
The team that were behind the 'London eye' are planning to build what they call an 'i-360' structure on the Seafront at Brighton. The design means that a single 'pod' can rise up over Brighton, giving views of up to 25 miles. It will be slightly taller than the London eye.
Whilst I think the name is a bit of a gimmick, cashing in on the 'i-pod, i-phone' thing, the actual idea is great. I especially like the idea that as it is situated by the now abandoned West pier it will act as a kind of 'Vertical pier'. This invokes the original social use of piers as a place where you paid to promenade about a place without actually going anywhere.
It's past all the planning stages, so let's hope this comes off.
Once standing proudly on the prom in Brighton the West Pier now stands like some sort of Tomb to a bygone era.
Ravaged by both the elements and arson it's a skelatel looking structure that is left nowadays, slowly slipping into the sea day by day.
Makes for a kind of weird sight though, odd seeing such decaying steelwork just being left to rust away.
You cant actually go onto this pier but i think it looks so nice against the sunset that its worth a look just for a photograph.
I think it used to have an old victorian concert hall on it, but due to a fire, its now too dangerous to go on... half of it is now sitting in the english channel.
Back in the 60's this pier was just as popular as the more elaborate Palace pier. Sadly this pier has sat unused and decaying for the last 20 or so years, and has become a bit of an eyesore, but you can take guided tours if you are adventurous.
This is great to look at. Its a shame it burnt down. At the front of the pier, a man is selling pictures of the Pier. He has great knowledge of the Pier. He's happy to answer any questions.
While we was there he told us the main pier had put a block on the re-building of the west pier. It makes you think how the fire's actually happened!
Take a tour of the West Pier. This was once a fine pier where people would promenade in all their finery. A couple of decades ago, a huge storm destroyed it and it was left to crumble. It's a sight in itself, an elegant island and especially photogenic at dusk. But now it is being restored (take those moody shots while you can!) and you can take a tour. You have to wear a hard hat and sign a form saying that you won't blame them if you die.
Crumbling grandeur, a taste of what the seaside used to be.
Currently undergoing renovations, which will take years, and cost millions. You can book a tour of the derelict (very unsafe-looking) pier, for £10 per person - hard hats and protective clothing provided!
The glorious West Pier opened in 1866 and was damaged in World War II. It was closed for the public in 1975 and unfortunately it collapsed on 12/29/2002 by the ongoing pounding of the wind and rain.
This has been battered by storms...and a couple of fires...and people still want to save it! Madness to me...but I guess the heritage bods will have to do something!
Sadly the Pier was the Casualty of a storm and then two fires. The fires have just left a crumbling heap of metal decaying in the sea
Walk along the beach and get a view of the West Pier.
It is not in use to day, and look like some ghost pier.
This old pier burnt down years ago but there are plans to restore it. According to my friend it's going to be a much classier affair than Brighton Pier.