Madeira Terrace and Madeira Drive

Madeira Terrace logoCrowdfunding - we did it!!

The crowdfunding campaign towards the restoration of Madeira Terrace reached its target and *£463,947, approximately, 10 per cent more than the original target. Pledges are still being collected so figures given may fluctuate slightly. 

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. Scoping works will start in January 2018. 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 previously submitted a bid for £4 million of funding from the government to kick-start the regeneration of the Terrace.

Unfortunately in April 2017 we learned the disappointing news that this bid was rejected.

The money would have come from the Coastal Communities Fund. If successful, we planned to combine the grant with matched funding from our budget for the first phase of a three-stage rebuilding of the Terrace. Our initial timetable would  all the work completed by 2023.

We're committed to finding alternative sources of funding for the project. Broadly the approach is likely to remain the same - to attract private businesses and investment in order to provide revenue for the Terrace's future maintenance.

Madeira Terrace remains in the project pipeline for potential funding through Local Growth Fund Round 4 from the Greater Brighton Economic Board and a bid for Heritage Lottery funding is in motion.

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