Save Madeira Terraces

The Grade II listed Madeira Terraces are 850 metres of ornate cast iron arches lining the seafront between Brighton Pier and Brighton Marina. In 1795, developers and residents living in the streets directly to the east of the Old Steine began building a seawall to protect the crumbling cliff. In 1809, the town commissioners extended the wall further along the foot of the cliff and here began a project that lasted through to the end of the next century resulting in the seafront we see today. The Madeira Terraces which were built in 1890, were the last stage of the project and were the ideal viewing platform for events on Madeira Drive below.

Save Madeira Terraces Campaign launched in July 2017 with a crowdfunding campaign to raise money towards the restoration of Madeira Terraces. It’s estimated the full restoration will cost £24 million. The initial aim to raise £4 million, which the council will then match, will fund the restoration of one third of the structure.

The crowdfunding campaign which was supported by local residents, businesses and celebrities, including DJ Fatboy Slim, ended in November 2017. It raised a whopping £463,000 and a further £16,000 has been raised by the Save Madeira Terraces Raffle this summer. The money raised through the crowdfunding will fund the restoration of the first three arches which will showcase the opportunities that restoring the other 148 arches will bring and provide a robust business case for the remaining terraces. Restoration works are due to start Summer 2018.

In July 2018, Brighton & Hove City Council were given the disappointing news that due to cuts, the Heritage Lottery Fund had rejected the submission to help raise the initial £4 million. However, we are told it is not unusual for a project to initially be rejected. Jax Atkins, Founder of the Save Madeira Terraces Campaign, told The Argus, “It’s disappointing that HLF haven’t chosen to help with the terraces yet but we’re not giving up.”

Howard Barden head of BHCC’s tourism and venues, told the Argus: “As a visitor destination, our city has succeeded where many other places have struggled but we know a combined and consistent effort to keep our visitor offer fresh and attractive is key to this.

“Madeira Drive is in a prime location that already hosts popular events such as the Brighton Marathon, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and the Annual Speed Trials. Restoring our Victorian terraces is important not only in preserving a significant part of Brighton’s seafront heritage but to breathe new life into an area that is now in need of some serious TLC.”

There is a great deal of support for the restoration of the Madeira Terraces as we can see from the generosity of all those who donated to the cause. Find out more about the Save Madeira Terraces campaign here.