Submitted from this page: HS Reference No General Details and Location Category. Large, T-plan pedestrian pier adjoining earlier pier to N currently used for vehicles - Dunoon pier restoration Entrance ticket lodge located at slightly wider foot of pedestrian section.
Round-arched windows to ground floor.
Red pantiled roofs with cupola ventilators. Tower adjoins SE corner Dunoon pier restoration single-storey, flat-roofed former waiting room and tearoom building built Single-storey, cruciform-plan ticket lodge circa with late 20th century alterations - see Notes at foot of pier. Bowed to E and W elevations with conical, pantiled roof.
Outward facing piers are battered. Rod-iron connections with external bolts.
Timber decking, rails and balustrade. Now extremely rare, these piers played a key role in the economic and social development of coastal and island communities in the west of Scotland in Dunoon pier restoration 19th and 20th centuries. Substantially retaining its character following its late 19th century programme of enlargement, the pier and its key buildings contribute significantly to the architectural and historic interest of Dunoon and to the wider maritime heritage of the West Coast.
The timber waiting room and pier master's office, located at the centre of the pierhead, is of key significance to the character of the pier Dunoon pier restoration an iconic building on the Firth of Clyde coast line.
Largely retaining its original Dunoon pier restoration and distinctive detailing, it is the finest Victorian pier building of its type in the country. At the height of its popularity, access to the pier to non-passengers became ticketed which reflects its concurrent function as a 'pleasure pier' more commonly associated with resort towns in England.
In a ft long, timber and steel viewing gallery platform was built to connect the buildings on the pierhead assembly area. This structure was removed in the s. The pioneering signalling system was first installed at the pier in The tower was an early and forward thinking safety mechanism using a system of coloured discs to avoid collision of approaching steamers and to guide the operators to their designated berthing positions on each side of the pier.
The signal tower was re-configured in a more decorative form as part of the rebuilding programme. It became electronically operated in later years and now, no longer in use, forms part of the tearoom addition to the S arm of the pierhead.
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Elements of the earlier Dunoon pier restoration system mechanism survive inside the tower, adding significantly to the architectural and historic interest. The s entrance ticket lodge was originally an open turnstile building with covered, timber detailed walkways to either side.
The building was reworked in the s using a mix of traditional and non-traditional Dunoon pier restoration and broadly retaining its original cruciform plan and massing. Dunoon was first established in the middle of the eighteenth century, with the earliest stone jetty built around The first timber pier was constructed by a joint stock company in The rail link from Glasgow to Gourock opened in leading to population swell and increasing tourism in and around the Clyde Estuary.
A more substantial pier was built at Dunoon in although this was destroyed by a storm inrebuilt the following year and extended in by Douglas Campbell.
Inthe Dunoon pier restoration was significantly enlarged to its present, inverted F-plan form. The use of timber piling to form marine structures has a long and significant history in Scotland and on the west coast in particular. Once commonplace, they are now a rare building type.