Madeira Terrace and Madeira Drive

Frequently asked questions - 30 August 2019

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the Madeira Terrace restoration project. Read the frequently asked questions.

Starting the first phase of the Madeira Terrace restoration project

Over the next six months, we will appoint a design and engineering team to work on the design phase of the Madeira Terrace project. Learn more about this first phase.

Unsuccessful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and crowdfunded arches - December 2018

Our second bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the Madeira Terrace restoration has been unsuccessful. The HLF said there was nothing wrong with our bid, but they simply don’t have enough funding for all the projects that applied.

We are continuing to work on the first three crowdfunded arches (at the western end of the terrace). We’re working towards an on-site start date of spring 2019.

Learn more about the bid and progress on the crowdfunded arches

Madeira Terrace branded merchandise

Specially commissioned Madeira Terrace branded merchandise is now available to buy.

  • Special edition, Martha Mitchell designed, Brighton mugs - featuring Madeira Terrace: £12
  • Re-usable hot drink mugs: £12

Profits from the sale of these items will go to the Madeira Terrace Restoration fund.

Learn more about the new merchandise

New artist impression of the restored Madeira Terrace revealed

10 September 2018

We're excited to reveal an artist impression of the restored terrace with our vision for new businesses and a more accessible public realm.

Council leader, Daniel Yates says: “Residents and businesses as well as the wider public have a big stake in the future of Madeira Terrace and any vision for its future must involve them. Plans led by the council in partnership with the community will involve the complete retention of the Terrace and its restoration in a phased programme of works.

“We welcome informal approaches from developers and architects about working in partnership – the project will need to bring together the skills and expertise of private, voluntary and public sector to realise the aims of protecting Madeira Terrace and creating a place that will benefit residents and the visitor economy. When we begin the formal process, all proposals will be subject to extensive consultation and agreement by the relevant council committees.

“The crowdfunding campaign has shown how important the Terrace is to the public and the money raised is being invested in the renovation of three historic arches at the western end. The restored arches will act as a showcase for the Terrace and be a reminder of how the whole Terrace will look. We have submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the first phase which will involve the first 68 arches. A decision is expected in December.

“Our aim is to renovate the whole of Madeira Terrace and we are working with Historic England and the Victorian Society as well as the local community on the long-term plans for the historic structures.”

Madeira Terrace logoCrowdfunding - we did it!!

After a successful crowdfunding campaign towards the restoration of Madeira Terrace, a bid was submitted for Heritage Lottery funding in March 2018. However, the very tough competitive process meant we weren’t successful this time around.

Heritage Lottery gave positive feedback and another bid was submitted in August 2018. We will be notified of Heritage Lottery Fund's decision in December 2018.

The crowdfunding campaign exceeded its target and raised approximately £463,947, 10% more than the original target. 

Thank you to each and every one of the 2,162 people and organisations that pledged their money. Pledgers include Brighton & Hove City Council, local businesses, residents and visitors to the city.

What happens next?

The first three western end arches have been earmarked for restoration. Work on site is expected to start towards the end of the year. The restored arches will act as a showcase for the terrace. They will be a reminder of how the whole terrace will look once the remaining 148 arches are also fully restored. 

The new arches will also help to regenerate the area around them. They will showcase the potential variety and interest that might be achieved from having new pop-up uses within the arches. They will also provide a more robust business case to support funding bids for the remaining project, estimated to cost more than £20 million pounds.

Campaign news

Collage of Chris Evans, Eddie Izzard, Norman Cook and Damon Hill with the Madeira Terrace arch

Restoring Madeira Terrace and regenerating Madeira Drive

Our four-point plan is underway:

  • Crowd funding
  • Lottery funding
  • Harnessing local talent
  • Exploring uses for the area now


The Grade 2 listed Terrace is an 850m stretch of seafront arches on Madeira Drive in Brighton, which is falling into irreversible disrepair.

The crowdfunding campaign was the crucial first step in a £24m plan to save the arches. The money raised will now be spent on restoring three arches, but it will also do a whole lot more; helping the community to reimagine how all 151 could be used, unlocking £1m from the council, and proving a strong public mandate for future funding applications.

We’re in the process of submitting a second bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the first 60 arches after very positive feedback from Heritage Lottery Fund on our first bid to them in March 2018. A decision is expected in December 2018. 

We're committed to finding alternative sources of funding for the project and we welcome informal approaches from potential partners. We are not currently considering formal proposals; the start of the formal process will be subject to agreement from councillors and updates on the project’s progress which will be publicly discussed at the relevant committees. 
We’re committed to a fair and transparent process for this scheme and are working to ensure there is a carefully considered plan taking into account the importance of the heritage balanced with development opportunity as well as input from all stakeholders. 


Madeira Terrace is closed to pedestrians

We're taking action to prevent sections of Madeira Terrace from collapsing and to make the area safe for the public. The entire length of Madeira Terrace is closed, following engineers' advice.

Surveying showed that the steel beams embedded in the concrete, supporting the deck of the Terrace, have corroded and the cast iron has come to the end of its useful life. Repairs cannot be made and a rebuild is needed.

Permanent anti-climb fencing was installed in early 2016.

The road is still open to traffic in both directions. Vintage car rallies and reunion events are still taking place on Madeira Drive.

Other seafront improvements