Over the next six months Brighton and Hove council will appoint a design and engineering team to work on the design phase of the Madeira Terrace project.
The team will:
create design options for the first restored arches
explore potential uses for them
cost the work involved
A requirement of the contract will be to explore the use of innovative renewable technology such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting. This is as a priority, in a bid to reduce costs in the long-term and help the city to meet its commitment to achieving a carbon neutral status by 2030.
The condition of the Grade II Listed Madeira Terrace is one of the most challenging heritage issues currently facing the city council. On-going maintenance of the structure is no longer possible due to the level of its deterioration. Some sections of the structure have been closed to the public since 2012.
In 2016, the cost of restoring the whole of Madeira Terrace was estimated at more than £23 million. As the council does not have funds available to meet this cost, the plan has always been to restore the arches in stages.
The council’s successful crowdfunding campaign raised over £460,000 in 2017 when the aim was to restore three arches to use as a showcase. Recent exploration of restoring just three arches and a petition presented by the Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group has resulted in a re-think of how the crowd funded arches are delivered. Restoring more arches at the same time would provide much better value for money over the long-term.
The council had already set aside £2m for the Madeira Terrace restoration project and will now allocate £550,000 of that funding for the first phase of work.