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Built in 1866, Brighton's West Pier was a simple and functional structure built out from the sea using dozens of cast iron threaded columns screwed into the seabed and strengthened by a lattice of ties and girders that provide the necessary strength to support the promenade deck whilst allowing seas to pass harmlessly through.Originally the West Pier had an open deck with only six small ornamental houses of oriental design, two toll houses and glass screens at the pier head to protect visitors from the wind and sun. In 1875 a central bandstand was added. In the 1880′s weather screens the full length of the pier, steamer landing stages and a large pier head pavilion were constructed.The final building, completed in 1916, was a graceful concert hall.A huge storm on 29th December 2002 resulted in the dramatic collapse of the south east corner of the Concert Hall.On 28th March 2003 the Pavilion was destroyed in an arson attack, and on 11th May 2003 the Concert Hall also was burnt out deliberately.

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