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Chilean pier to shine once more

In 2011, the Chilean Ministry of Public Works engaged GHD to carry out several studies to assess the conditions of the facilities of the Vergara Pier in Viña del Mar (a famous Chilean resort city) and provide alternatives for restoring and rehabilitating this tourist attraction.

As part of the project, GHD delivered a range of services including: the study of the pier's condition, a proposal to repair the foundations, the complete restitution of the metal structure and restoration of the existing crane.

We also provided the architectural design of the walkway area on the pier and designed a set of platforms at a different height (as can be seen above) for recreational fishing purposes with an access ramp, viewpoints, banks and lighting.

The studies and alternatives developed by our team took into account the unique heritage characteristics of this pier.

Paula Arias, GHD's Project Director, explains, "The iconic pier has been closed for many years due to severe deterioration, and the approval of the restoration project had been delayed many times due to funding restrictions or the lack of an effective restoration plan.

"This situation has changed now that the Program for the Improvement of the Waterfront (of the Chilean Ministry of Public Works) has allocated resources for this purpose.

"In addition, there is an architectural and rehabilitation plan that has been agreed on by the city authorities." The Directorate of Public Works is currently assessing bids for the construction of the pier.

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