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Colwyn Bay Pier - Structural survey

Colwyn Bay Pier - Structural survey

15 April 2010 Email this article

Conwy County Borough has engaged Caernarfon based Datrys Consulting Engineers to carry out a conditional survey of the Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. 

The Colwyn Bay Pier, as it also known, was opened to the public in 1901. The pier length was originally 96 metres, but this was soon extended to 227 metres in 1903. The Pier welcomed many holiday makers in its time, the height of it's popularity peaking in the 1950's. 

Facelift Access Hire's Liverpool depot were called in to assist with the survey, and following a site ground survey and considering terrain and task objectives two machines were recommended; the Nifty X-Trax  17 rough terrain platform and the Wumag 30 rough terrain 4 x4 access platform, the Wumag being the final choice for its greater flexiblity and security.

The Wumag is built onto a powerful four wheel drive chassis and has an outreach of up to 15.8m. It's robust build mean it is at home on rough terrain as it is on city streets. The telescopic boom with excellent out reach gave a wide work face to the pier. Christian Jarvis of Datrys Consulting commented on the Wumag that "it was perfect for the job, an excellent machine..."