Work has begun on a new promenade space and heritage centre celebrating the West Pier.
Columns from the burnt-down pier have been salvaged and will be arranged in a ‘Golden Spiral’ design at the piazza which will sit just east of the i360.
An original 1866 West Pier kiosk removed from the pier in the 1990’s will be restored into the West Pier Heritage Centre.
Most of the work funding comes from Brighton and Hove City Council’s income from the i360, while The West Pier Trust will be fundraising for the heritage centre.
The ‘Golden Spiral’ will be constructed from twenty-four of the pier’s original cast-iron columns and features a plaque commemorating the work and life of pier creator, Eugenius Birch.
The design is based on the Fibonacci numbers – a series of numbers found in nature which create can create pleasing designs.
Six arches under the promenade will also be refurbished creating space for businesses.
The council say they hope that the work will be completed this summer.
A spokesperson for the council said: “The kiosk will play its part in keeping the spirit of the West Pier alive, alongside the two tollbooths already reinstated. Together they underscore the importance of the West Pier as a part of Brighton & Hove’s cultural past.”
Image: Aleem Yousaf