Conwy County Borough Council confirmed that with the financial assistance of Welsh Government, it had taken ownership of the 112 year old structure as part of the multi-million pound regeneration programme taking place in the town.
It became clear that redevelopment was not a viable option, so it was agreed to prepare and submit applications for permission to take down the structure.
The application for listed building consent was refused by the Welsh Government Minister.
Following the partial collapse in February 2017, the Council needed to balance public safety against the responsibilities in relation to a listed structure.
Conwy County Borough Council received a decision notice from Welsh Government for Listed Building Consent to dismantle Victoria Pier
The consent to dismantle the structure required the Council to redevelop a truncated pier, whilst recording and storing elements of heritage and/or structural value in a safe place for potential re-use in a future restoration by a third party.
Conwy County Borough Council invited tenders for the work to construct the new truncated pier in Colwyn Bay, the work was divided into two parts:
• Reconstructing the truncated pier with some work to the forecourt and prom.
• Refurbishing the cast iron
Grosvenor Construction Ltd (a specialist building conservation company based in Kinmel Bay) has the contract to reconstruct the pier.
Calibre Metalwork Ltd (specialists in metalwork conservation, restoration and replication) has the contract to refurbish the cast iron.
Of the 99 original panels taken from the old pier, Calibre have successfully refurbished 74 and these will be used on the new pier.
All the lamp columns, their bases and capitals have been recast (as per original design).
The colours used on the decorative ironwork are taken from the results of a paint analysis that dated the colour scheme back to 1934, which corresponds with the construction of the third pavilion that year.