BOURNEMOUTH’S Pier Approach is changing on a daily basis as a £4million project nears completion.

The latest work has seen specially designed paving laid around the new water play feature to create the illusion that the Bourne stream flows from the Lower Gardens to the sea.

Timber roofs are also being built on the steel leaf structures that will form a new open shelter and landmark tourist information kiosk and glass surrounds will shortly be craned into place to protect the side closest to the sea.

Two 25-metre high lighting columns have been installed either side of the Pier entrance building with the remaining seven metre high columns arriving on site this week.

The Prom Cafe, which had been closed while some of the most disruptive works were carried out has now re-opened, giving customers a unique view of the final construction phase.

Leader of the council John Beesley said: “Improving the gateway from the gardens to the seafront is a vitally important investment for the council and is another step towards creating a world-class resort.

“Bournemouth is bursting with award-winning gardens, parks and beaches and the redevelopment of Pier Approach will demonstrate the quality of what Bournemouth has to offer.

“We want the town to retain its crown as the best UK coastal resort which will require high-quality attractions and continuing investment.”

The site will be opened up in stages starting with the water play feature, Undercliff Drive, the East Cliff slope, the shelter and finally the new information kiosk. The project will be completed ahead of the summer season.

The £4million project is phase one of Bournemouth’s long-term seafront strategy, improvements will be focused on the western side when further funding is identified.

Bournemouth council said the completion of phase one will mean visitors are presented with a "contemporary gateway" from the Gardens to the seafront. The water play feature and colourful low-energy light displays will boost visitor numbers, especially during the evening, it is hoped.