A £450,000 project to improve a harbour masters office - including the installation of a 180-degree observation deck - has been completed.

It is hoped the extension of Lyme Regis harbour master's office will provide better customer service, a better experience for harbour visitors and safer working conditions as the town's popularity grows.

The project, which began in January, has seen the building significantly extended and a 180-degree observation deck added.

The keys were handed over to Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council portfolio holder for environment, highways and travel, on Tuesday to mark the project’s successful completion.

Cllr Bryan said: “I am delighted the project has been completed. The work has involved close coordination with the contractors, the RNLI, harbour users and local businesses and we thank you for bearing with us while the works have been ongoing.

“The number of boats visiting Lyme Regis has been steadily increasing. Modernising this building will secure its future and help us give visitors a better welcome.”

High quality materials have been used that are in keeping with this important conservation area. Lifeboat charity the RNLI also contributed to the project and will share use of the observation deck.

The project was designed by Ellis Belk Associates and the works were carried out by local building firm CG Fry & Son.

Mike Pinney, contracting director at the building firm, said: “It has been a pleasure working with the harbour master and his team in delivering their new facility. We do hope the team enjoy the new working environment.”