PLANS for the restoration of the Madeira Terrace have been finalized and work is due to start next summer.
The first phase of the work will rebuild 41 arches, approximately a quarter of the entire terrace, between the Royal Crescent steps and Concorde 2.
The restoration aims to bring back the terrace’s cherished function as a ‘linear stadium’ to view events along Madeira Drive and improve pedestrian access from Marine Parade to the seafront.
Brighton and Hove City Council has confirmed that a planning application will be submitted, with approval to start the project, which is due to be submitted to the Council Planning Committee in October.
Councilor Tom Druitt, chair of the Eastern Seafront Project Board, said the project is the largest the council has undertaken in many years.
He said: “It’s a huge task but we’re making progress and it’s fantastic that the first phase is now underway.
“The phase one renovation of 41 arches will breathe new life into the East Shore, attracting more visitors and benefiting the entire city, particularly those residents east of the pier.
“We know how important Madeira Terrace is to both residents and visitors, it has such a rich history and we are determined to bring it back to life and see it proudly on our shores again.”
The restoration work will address a number of key issues including repairing and protecting the cast iron, redesigning the center deck catwalk, restoring decorative elements to the front of the arches such as the prominent spandrels, and securing and preserving the old green spindle Plants to restore the green wall at the back of the patio.
The listed Madeira Shelter Hall elevator in Concorde 2 will also be restored and brought up to modern standards, with the installation of a new staircase to the west of the elevator and a new elevator at the Royal Crescent Steps.
Bill Puddicombe, Chair of the Advisory Panel, said: “Madeira Terrace is such an important part of our coastal and urban heritage. So many of us have waited so long to see progress.
“Work on site is what we want to see and with the planning process now underway we are one step closer to that ‘boots in place’ moment we all long for.”
The project aims to reduce waste and reuse as much existing material as possible, with the hope that a significant amount of cast iron can be repaired to minimize the amount of new cast iron required.
Future phases of the restoration will be undertaken once funding becomes available.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20614066.plans-restore-brightons-madeira-terrace-finalised/?ref=rss Plans for the restoration of Madeira Terrace in Brighton completed