One of two historic hangars that dominate the Quayside at Pembroke Port has been given a new lease of life following a £1million refurbishment programme by Milford Haven Port Authority.

As one of the most significant maritime structures in Pembrokeshire, the Eastern Hangar played a significant role in housing the Sunderland Flying Boats during the Second World War.

The Grade II listed building was constructed in 1934 and has undergone extensive refurbishment with the support of grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund (Objective One) and CADW.

Milford Haven Port Authority's Port Engineer Andrew Brown said: "We fully understand the historic importance of the Eastern Hangar and with successful funding applications, we have worked hard to preserve its character.

"We are delighted that such a landmark is now fully restored to its former glory, while providing the county with a unique facility for large scale engineering projects."

Swansea-based Dawnus Construction carried out the restoration work, including shot blasting and repainting of the internal steel frame, repairing the external concrete pillars and installing a new slate roof and cladding.

Dawnus Construction has now started work on the Western Hangar. As the only structures of their kind to have been built in the UK, both hangars are instrumental to the heritage of Pembroke Dock.

The Eastern Hangar will now be a valuable resource for organisations looking to undertake large scale engineering projects in an undercover environment.