In December 2023 we issued the Invitation to Tender. This gives detailed requirements on how contractors must carry out the repairs. This includes which materials they must use and what the finished work will look like.
In the past year the Terrace has been prepared for Phase 1 of the restoration. Assessments were made of:
- the cast iron spandrels and balustrades
- the foundations
- the soil conditions below the deck feeding the Green Wall
These assessments have informed the tender documents.
We expect to receive responses in February 2024. Subject to receiving satisfactory bids within the budget, we'll appoint the contractors in spring.
As a result of increased construction costs this year the tender for the first phase of the restoration covered 28 arches between the Royal Crescent steps and Concorde 2. This is rather than the originally planned 40.
Following the appointment of contractors in the spring, we expect work to start on site in summer and last for 18 to 24 months. If final contracts match our current anticipated programme, we hope that the first phase of restored arches could be open to the public in summer 2026.