Pier Bowl for major revamp after floods

Skegness Pier.
Skegness Pier.

The flood damaged Pier Bowl and Laser Quest in Skegness are set for a complete refurbishment following the flood damage they suffered in last month’s tidal surge.

UK Piers, which operates Skegness Pier, has confirmed that the two damaged facilities will remain closed until the Easter, to allow for a complete revamp.

It made the announcement in a Tweet to its followers on the social media website last week.

The main pier is expected to remain open as normal and is not affected.

A team from the architects William Saunders are to assist in the reinstatement works at the Pier Bowl and Laser Quest.

At its worst the bowling and laser quest areas were flooded by over three feet of seawater, covering the internal ground floor of the Pier buildings, saturating the whole of the Indoor Ten Pin Bowling Alley and the Laser Quest facility and warping the bowling lanes.

The Bowling Centre consists of ten lanes, a licensed bar, a Laser Quest Arena and several fast food, coffee and snack bars.

A spokesperson for William Saunders said: “Acting as Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Clerk of Works and CDM Co-ordinators, we aim to turn the entertainment facility back into live operation in a short period of 16 weeks allowing it to reopen for the busy Easter period.

“The majority of this time will be allocated to the ordering and reinstatement of the bowling lanes as these need to be specially ordered from the USA,” they added.

The damage last month is not the first time the pier has suffered at the hands of the stormy North Sea.

In early 1919 the schooner ‘Europa’ caused a 150ft breach along the pier when it struck it and in January 1978, Skegness Pier along with the piers at Margate, Herne Bay and Hunstanton, was irretrievably damaged by a northerly gale with high spring tides.

The pier-head theatre and eastern shelters were left high and dry, surrounded by the wreckage of the remainder of the pier.

The remains were considered a hazard for shipping and in October 1985 work began on dismantling it. Whilst this was taking place, the theatre caught fire and was completely gutted.