Listed shelters renovated on Southend pier in Essex

The beautiful Victorian seafront pier in Southend is 1.3 miles long. Situated along this walk are four Victorian listed shelters initially built to offer respite to visitors from their journey, but still used today as somewhere to admire the sea views and shelter from the weather. The shelters can accommodate over 20 people at any one time. As specialists in listed building renovations based near Southend, we were delighted to undertake the work to bring them back into use.

Listed building renovation is one of Tate and Morgan’s specialities

Tate and Morgan were awarded the contract by Southend Council to restore these four shelters (all listed buildings) and bring them back to their former glory.  The objective was to fully restore them to the original colour and appearance and retain as much as possible of the original features. Various techniques were adopted to achieve these results, for example,  the original cast iron supports were completely taken back using sand blasting.

Modern building touches complemented this listed building renovation

There were also some modern building touches introduced and handmade bespoke benches were created from the old deck boards of the Pier.

The project took just over a year in total, working with the day to day functioning of the busy Pier. A crane was used to lift materials onto site due to the main access bridge being out of action and also working around the weather in winter and busy visitor numbers in the summer.

Environmentally friendly roofs were introduced to the shelters

The finished project saw all four shelters fully restored with zinc roofs to offer a more eco-friendly alternative and downlighting to show off the newly restored hues of paintwork and interior.

If you have a listed building and would like further information on listed buildings renovations and how Tate and Morgan can help email us on or call us on 01268 765 377.  We also offer  a full range of commercial building services and residential building services



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