Historic Gravesend Pier

Gravesend Town Pier is the oldest cast iron pier that remains standing in the world. It was designed by William Tiernwey Clark and constructed by William Wood of Gravesend, at a cost of Β£8,700. The pier is located on the same site as the original Town Quay, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It first opened on 29th July 1834 and between 1835 and 1842, it served three and a quarter million passengers.Β Β 

Architecturall commissioned Technics to provide precise digital measurements of the pier, including detailed elevations and sections. The detailed measured survey will help the architect with their design works for the proposed refurbishment of the pier.Β Β 

Image of Gravesend Tower Pier alongside image of equipment for 3d laser scanning

Due to limited access and visibility of the pier’s structures, including the facades, Technics utilised 3D laser scanning technology. Laser scanning ensures mass data is captured from remote areas efficiently, safely and with minimal disruption on site.Β Β 

Image of scanning representation of Gravesend Tower Pier

Following the delivery of the survey, Simon Skeffington a Director at Architecturall said β€œAccurately measuring Gravesend Pier seemed a nearly impossible task from the onset, however understanding the exact dimensions of the existing structure and location of services was paramount to the successful feasibility proposal to repurpose the pier into a 21stΒ transport hub for Gravesend.Β  With Technics Group taking the challenging survey in their stride, they measured the building accurately and quickly. Moving forward, the survey information has been invaluable in understanding and determining the full potential for the pier.” 

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