CLACTON Pier’s adult gaming zone will double in size as part of a major overhaul.

More than 50 new gaming machines are to be installed during the project.

The scheme is part of the second phase of the attraction’s development.

Bosses said they are introducing the latest in gaming technology in the landmark’s adult gaming area.

It will also be rebranded as the Pier Casino.

Pier director Elliot Ball said it is important to provide the attraction’s customers with the very best and newest machines.

“Huge improvements have taken place at the pier over the past 12 months in terms of what we are offering our customers,” he said.

“We have upped our game with Discovery Bay soft play, Skull Point adventure golf, Dockside Dodgems and the new food and drink outlets.

“Now it’s the turn of the adult gaming area and we are going for the most up-to-date technology available on the market.

“It will be bigger and better than before and help attract new customers.”

Last week was a busy half term with footfall up on last year thanks to good weather.

Sunny, warm weather brought in the crowds to enjoy the rides for the first time this year, along with the new golf and soft play area.

“We are managing to start our main season even earlier and it all helps in our goal to create a truly 52-week-a-year venue,” added Mr Ball.

Once half term was over, work started on significant changes to the main entrance and concourse.

A new concrete base is being put in which will help to weather proof the front section of the pier.

Mr Ball said there will some disruption to customers during the works.

A compound will also be set up on the pier’s forecourt as part of the project.

Those wanting to use the soft play and golf need to enter the building to the left of the compound while those wanting to use the arcade and bowling should go through the arcade entrance.

Mr Ball said: “We apologise for any inconvenience at this time and thank people for their understanding.

“But you cannot make an omelette without cracking a few eggs.

“We ask everyone to bear with us and appreciate our contractors and suppliers working with us to help us achieve what we are trying to do at our landmark attraction.”