Panel Systems rescues pier

Sheffield-based Panel Systems, has helped to restore Weston-super-Mare's historic Grand Pier and protect it from another fire.

The Grade 2 listed pier opened in 1904, is home to Britain's smallest rollercoaster and can accommodate almost 7,000 people at any one time. The pier was damaged by fire in 1930 before a more disastrous blaze in 2008.

Parkwood Industrial Estate-based Panel Systems supplied special fire retardant panels, which will not melt or explode.

The panels will also withstand harsh weather conditions, the effects of the salt spray from the sea and exposure to light, which would cause other panels to discolour in a short period.

Panel Systems' sales manager, Danny Phelan, said: "It was very rewarding to supply such a prestigious project as the transformation of the Grand Pier and it was important that the panels we produced met the very stringent criteria required.

"It is unlikely you could find a project that requires a more robust type of product and we worked closely with the contractor to supply a panel that achieved the demanding requirements."

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