Madeira Terrace 

Madeira Terrace is a Grade 2* listed, 865 metre long stretch of seafront arches and promenade on Madeira Drive in Brighton.

Originally built in the late 1800s, more and more of it has been closed to the public since 2012. This is because the local marine environment has degraded the structure and made it unsafe.

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Artist's impression of what Madeira Drive could look like in the future, including pedestrianised areas and more plant life.

The metal integrated within the concrete deck has contracted and expanded over time and cracked the surface which has allowed moisture to seep in against the steel beams. This means the structure has been eroding from the inside out.

While the city council continued a maintenance regime until its final closure in 2012, a dismantling of some of the structure revealed the severe extent of structural deterioration.

Access to the whole Terrace was closed for safety reasons in 2015 and the journey towards long-term restoration began. 

The first phase of the restoration will restore part of the structure and the Green Wall behind it.

What's happening now

Due to the current level of funding we have for this project and the size of the restoration works we need to do, we’ll be restoring Madeira Terrace in phases.

The first phase of restoration will be directly west of the Madeira Terrace Shelter Hall (also known as Concorde 2) near to the cliff steps opposite Royal Crescent.

Before works on site can start, the council’s Planning committee has to agree the proposed designs. As Madeira Terrace is Grade 2* listed, we need specialist contractors to complete the work.

Public engagement and the Design Review Panel

Early in December 2021 Design South East’s Review Panel gave their feedback on proposals for Madeira Terrace before the team submitted a full planning application.

At the same time, we shared the proposals with residents at 2 public engagement events. We also shared plans showcasing recent works at nearby Black Rock and proposals for an Eastern Seafront Masterplan.

The public engagement events were well attended and to make the information accessible to as many people as possible, we then displayed information boards at Jubilee library for 2 weeks in January.

Bringing back the 'linear stadium'

A clear aim of the restoration is to bring back the much-valued function of the terrace as a ‘linear stadium’ for viewing events on Madeira Drive. 

It also aims to introduce the concept of Madeira Terrace as part of a linear ‘park’ for the eastern seafront area, tying in with the Black Rock rejuvenation works which have prioritised planting and physical access for the eastern area.

Final approval to submit the planning application

The team will carry on working with the community advisory panel before they ask for final approval to submit a full planning application from the cross-party project board.

If the planning application is approved, the design team will move to the next stage. RIBA stage 4, technical design is scheduled to begin in summer 2022.

What we've done

The story so far

Find out about the history of the terraces and what has happened since they were closed to the public.

Historic terraces