Restoration sees historic Whitby lighthouse reopen

Restoration sees historic Whitby lighthouse reopen

The West Pier lighthouse in Whitby is set to re-open to the public for the first time in four years after the completion of an £86,000 restoration project by York-based Lanstone Conservation.

The project was partly funded by a £50,000 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Coastal Revival Fund, which saw repairs made to areas of the external stone work, as well as internal works to glazing, windows and the staircase.

Cllr Joe Plant, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transformation said: “The lighthouse plays a very important part in Whitby’s attraction as a centre for culture and heritage and crucially, the DCLG funding has allowed us to realise our aspiration to regenerate it and return it to its former glory.

“We are delighted with the results of the restoration work and we hope local residents and visitors to the town will be too.”

The lighthouse, built in 1831, was open to the public as a historic attraction up until its closure in 2012 due to the serious deterioration of its condition.

Oliver Councell, project manager at Lanstone Conservation Ltd, said:“Restoring such a landmark building has been really exciting.

“Whilst it was always challenging working within the confines of such an historic building, it is very satisfying to think that it will now be there for future generations and that visitors can again climb up and enjoy the view!”