Corner of ride deck collapses into sea

by Nigel Brown Feb 14 2020 1     8,254
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February 14, 2020


A small section of the outside ride deck of Clacton Pier collapsed into the sea today as structural refurbishment work was being carried out.

The scheme that was being undertaken was to put in a new area of concrete decking.

A limited section was being cast in the far corner of the ride deck which is currently closed off to the public.

The aim was ensure that the wet concrete being laid would not result in undue structural movement to the existing concrete deck.

Pier director Billy Ball said that as this was taking place, excess vertical movement of the piles caused four bays of the existing slab to fail.

“This was being carried out under controlled conditions at a time when the tide was up and no one was under the Pier,” he said.

“Site personnel were carefully monitoring the pouring of the concrete when the collapse happened, and everyone was evacuated from that particular area which is now fenced off.”

Mr Ball added that similar tried and tested methods have taken place in other areas of the Pier over the past ten years that it has been in his family’s ownership.

So far around 4,000 square metres of such work has been carried out and this area involves 140 square metres.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure the Pier remains safe and serviceable, we go to extensive lengths to analyse and calculate the integrity of the existing structure before constructing any new attractions,” he said.

“Our structural engineers are currently assessing the situation.”

The affected section of the ride deck was a part of the area which had been set aside for the new Looping Star ride due to be opened in the Spring.


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Barnaby Perkins 2 years ago

Hi Nigel,
I'm writing from the picture desk of BBC News in London. If you have any other photos of the pier collapse, showing the damage from distance, would you be able to let me know and/or send something through?
Thanks very much for any help you can give,
Barnaby Perkins

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