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News - 29 January 2012

Plan to “save” the West Pier

Although it might be a little late in the day, millionaire property developer Mike Holland has said he wants to save Brighton’s West Pier [all that's left is a skeleton. He has called on the West Pier Trust to step aside and place the future of the pier into his hands.

Mike Holland recently gained planning consent to redevelop the Astoria Cinema in Gloucester Place into an ultra sustainable media hub (see earlier story). He also owns the British Engineerium in Hove.

He has suggested that Angus Meek Architects, the firm behind the £39 million pier at Weston Super Mare, could be commissioned; the pier is the only one in the UK to have been built from scratch for over 100 years.

He estimates the West Pier scheme would cost between £20 million to £25 million saying, “The year 2016 is a very important milestone for the West Pier as it will be 150 years since it was built and if I am to take it on and head up the project I would want to see it well and truly up and running in its new form before then.

“It is my intention that the British Engineerium Trust will take the lead role and oversee the entire project from start to finish ensuring our city, once again, has a second pier to be proud of”.

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