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Phase one of a Bournemouth Pier project is almost complete, following a £4million revamp that is set to transform the seafront.

The work began in September last year, with the aim of improving the overall appearance, which has been the same for more than fifty years. Estimated to finish in spring 2015, the project is currently running to schedule and will mean that The Arts by the Sea Festival and the Bournemouth Marathon Festival will take place as usual.

New additions to the pier include a water play feature, which is surrounded by special paving, in order to create the illusion that the Bourne stream flows from the Lower Gardens to the sea. There is also a landmark tourist information kiosk being put in place, which has a timber roof and steel leaf structures.

Modernising the iconic Bournemouth seafront

The feature piece of the pier is two 25-metre high lighting columns that have been installed either side of the entrance and will be illuminated at night. People can take a look at the final construction phase while enjoying a bite to eat at the recently re-opened Prom Café, as well as the seafront.

It is hoped that Bournemouth Pier will attract a new generation of people to visit the large town, including those staying in the area in coastal Dorset holiday cottages. The council has stated how it feels the redevelopment of the pier will help showcase the quality attractions Bournemouth has to offer, alongside the award-winning beaches, parks and gardens.

The new section of the pier will be opened in stages, starting with the water play feature, with the information kiosk opening last. It its thought that the second phase of the pier will be focused on the western side, but funding is still currently being sought.