Prince’s Pier, which Menai Heritage and partner Menter Môn are planning to develop as a heritage centre, was once the heart of the former busy maritime quarter of 19th century Menai Bridge. Near the centre of the town of Menai Bridge, it is one of the best locations on the Menai Strait, with fine views of the Suspension Bridge and the Strait towards Bangor Pier and Beaumaris.
This building, dating from the mid 19th century, was used by the Davies family for their shipping business, importing timber and sending slates, among other goods, to North America and, later, around the world. It was purchased by Menter Môn, to be developed in conjunction with Menai Heritage. The first phase of the development was completed in the spring of 2014. This consisted of refurbishing the fabric of the building and converting the adjacent pier master’s house into two offices. The work was done by project managers, Advent Project Management, the designers, WM Design & Architecture, and the contractors, WF Clayton & Co. Photos of the reconstruction can be seen on WM Design & Architecture’s Facebook page.
The next phase of the Project is raising funds to provide an exhibition space and café so that the fascinating story of the Strait, its people, the bridges and their world-wide place in engineering history can be better told. This cultural hub will be a focus for visitors to the Island as well as the local community. Over the winter of 2017/18 partners Menai Heritage and Menter Môn submitted applications to the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund for almost £1.5M; match-funding will be needed.
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Plans for the heritage centre are on display in the Canolfan Thomas Telford, which opens for the 2018 season on 28 March. In the meantime Prince’s Pier has been the site of various exhibitions, concerts and special events, including a performance by internationally renowned harpist Catrin Finch. See our Special Events page for your opportunity to visit the site. You can read more about the history of Prince’s Pier here.
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