Crane in place to dismantle burnt-out Blue Room

Cranes have been put up at Eastbourne Pier to remove the wreckage of the burnt-out arcade. SUS-141118-104313001
Cranes have been put up at Eastbourne Pier to remove the wreckage of the burnt-out arcade. SUS-141118-104313001

A giant hydraulic crane has been erected on Eastbourne promenade as workmen prepare to dismantle parts of the burnt-out structure of the pier arcade.

The state-of-the-art machine took up position on the beach on Monday (November 17) and work will begin to remove the steel shell next week.

The crane, which has a lifting capacity of 70 tons, will carry workmen to the top of the structure, where they will use equipment to cut through the fire-damaged frame. Another crane will then remove the pieces bit by bit.

Work will be carried out in ten-day sessions, during which there will be some closures during the day for safety reasons. However, the pier will remain open every evening.

Removal of the Blue Room, which was initially a ballroom but was most recently being used as an amusement arcade, is scheduled to be completed by Christmas.