Shotley Pier: Reclaimed Greenheart Renovation

Last year we proudly announced that we’d been chosen as the reclaimed timber supplier to the Shotley Pier project – a community campaign that will use £500,000 of European funds to ensure the historic landmark can be walked on once again

Now, we’re excited to share that work has begun to restore Suffolk’s Shotley Pier to its former glory and proud to be supplying reclaimed Greenheart timber – the hardest wood in the world.

At 600 feet long, Shotley Pier was Suffolk’s only railway pier, built in 1894 to transport mail, coal and sailors by ferry across the river Stour.

A central feature of the refurbished pier, originally built in 1894 by the Marquis of Bristol and used to serve as the HMS Ganges naval training base, will be durable 17 metre Greenheart piles reclaimed from the Woolwhich Ferry Terminal and decking boards reclaimed from a pedestrian footbridge over the River Cam. After visiting Ashwells timber yard in Bulphan – Upminster, Shotley Pier community leaders selected the reclaimed timber – attracted to it’s strength, beautiful character and sustainable credentials.

As renovation works began, ITV Anglia’s Kate Prout visited and recorded this feature – watch again>>

Deb Davies-Tutt of Ashwells Timber said – “It was an honour to be invited to supply timber for this high-profile pier restoration.  During colonial times, tropical hardwoods such as Greenheart and Jarrah were imported to the UK from Africa, Australia, Central America and British Guyana.  This means that, as a Victorian pier,  timbers would have originally been tropical making the choice to re-build in 2020 using reclaimed Greenheart even more perfect.”  


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About Ashwells Reclaimed Timber

Ashwells Reclaimed Timber is a tropical reclamation specialist based in Bulphan, Essex.   We reclaim and repurpose FSC certified tropical timber and temperate British hardwoods.  From our timber mill we supply hard and softwoods to be re-purposed into bespoke pieces, from garden planters and seating to street furniture and sea defences.  We’re also proud to collaborate with award winning landscape designers, architects and civil engineers, and our reclaimed tropical timber can be seen in major projects across the UK, including hotel and restaurant chains, the Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court, The Eden Project and London Zoo.