As many of you know, the Scheveningen Pier was saved from demise last Fall when it was bought by the same company that owns the Easy Hotel franchise here in the Netherlands. The company is committed to revitalizing the Pier, which is now 56 years old, having been built in 1959 as a replacement to the original pier from 1901 which was ravaged by a fire during WW II and the remnants destroyed by the occupying German army.
So what is the latest news?
The developers want to redevelop the Scheveningen Pier based on 5 key pillars:
- Food and Drink
- Sports & Adventure
- Culture & Music
- Inspiration & Education
Although construction work has been going on for months, the company is not rushing to complete the project. Rather it sees the continued growth and development happening over the next 5 years. That’s not to say Scheveningen Pier will be remain closed for that long. On the contrary, it is slated to reopen this summer. An exact date has not been set.
One of the highlights planned for the renovated Pier is a ferris wheel with a height of 42 meters (13 stories), which is approximate the same height as the bungy jumping tower currently on the Pier. If you were wondering how that compares to the London Eye, it is approximately 1/3 the size. At night, the wheel and the support poles of the Pier ferris wheel will be illuminated.
What will the new Ferris Wheel be called?
The developers are asking for suggestions from the public. If you have an idea of what would make a good name for it, you can submit the suggestion via an email to: email@example.com or leave it as a comment here.
Sadly, on April 29th, there was an accident on the Pier involving a consultant analyzing asbestos remnants on the square island which extends from the Pier on the south side. Rotted floor boards gave way and he fell 2 floors into a shaft. He was eventually freed by paramedics and taken to hospital where he had emergency surgery on his legs. He is now recuperating.
The images below show the location where the new Scheveningen Pier ferris wheel will be located.
You can follow updates on the progress of the redevelopment by liking the Scheveningen Pier Facebook page.
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