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Southend Pier Cultural Centre - The Big Lift

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Published on Jul 25, 2012

The new £3m Cultural Centre was successfully craned into position on Southend Pier on 17 May.

The 350sq m building, which was designed by White arkitekter in partnership with London-based architects Sprunt, was constructed by Kier off-site at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

It was lowered onto a barge at the docks on 16 May and then transported along the Thames before mooring off the pier head overnight in readiness for the lift.

The 170 tonne structure was hoisted onto the pier head at high tide using a 400-tonne marine sheer leg crane.

Kier will now clad the Cultural Centre with an external 'skin' before it is fitted out ahead of a grand opening this summer.

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