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‘Landmark’ £100,000 gates at historic Sunderland pier still out of action two years on

The now not-so-shiny Roker Pier Gates, still missing the reflective glass panels that were supposed to catch the sunlight and add a little extra sparkle.

The now not-so-shiny Roker Pier Gates, still missing the reflective glass panels that were supposed to catch the sunlight and add a little extra sparkle.

ROKER’S “reflective” pier gates are still missing their reflective panels despite ongoing £1.3million restoration works.

The glass on the “Lightwave” gates has been missing for almost two years and, despite efforts to clean up, the metal structure remains discoloured.

Last September, the Echo revealed how the panels were packed up in cardboard boxes, gathering dust in Roker Resorts Office.

Designed by artist Fiona Heron, the £111,300 gates were built at the entrance to the pier at the beginning of 2012.

But within weeks, they started to show signs of discolouring and the panels were put into storage.

Now Sunderland City Council says it is in “dialogue” with the gates’ manufacturers and artist with plans to restore the panels as part of the wider restoration work.

Councillor Mel Speding, cabinet secretary at Sunderland City Council, said: “In September 2013, the city council received £53,200 of Heritage Lottery funding to develop plans for the further restoration of Roker pier and lighthouse.

“A £300,000 restoration of its lantern house was completed in October 2013.

“As we are all more than aware, the last couple of months have been very stormy and further major works on a pier in winter or even spring are not always possible. The council has earmarked funds of £1.3m towards restoration works and these include replacing the surface of the pier.

“Discussions have been taking place with the designer of the pier gates and the council hopes to address the issues facing the gates as part of the wider restoration project.”

 

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