RESTORATION works worth tens of thousands of pounds on one of Harwich’s historic landmarks have been completed.

They were completed in a bid to help preserve the town’s iconic Ha’penny Pier.

The six-week refurbishment cost £90,000 and concluded on Sunday.

The project replaced perished beams and decking at the entrance to the pier, with Essex-based firm Amicus Civil Engineering carrying out the works.

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It’s all part of continued restoration and preservation investments by the Haven Authority to help improve and maintain the popular pier.

The latest project follows a larger £340,000 refurbishment was conducted in 2016 and 2017 after a survey identified structural issues.

Neil Glendinning, CEO of the Authority, said: “Ha’penny Pier is a popular attraction for both local residents and for the thousands of people who visit the pier each year.”

“Built in 1853 it is one of the UK’s only surviving Victorian working, wooden piers and therefore it holds huge historical importance.

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“We will continue to invest in its preservation to ensure its still around for future generations to enjoy.

“With warmer weather on its way, and with the lifting of some of the lockdown restrictions, we look forward to welcoming people back to this much loved and iconic destination.”

The project’s completion comes after other minor work was carried out last Thursday too.

The Harwich harbour cameras were replaced with the latest technology, with the newer equipment set to improve the overall viewing quality, and give better views to the harbour.

People often enjoy viewing the camera’s live feed, where they can admire the scenic harbour throughout the day.