The Design Team’s scope was to:
- plan the restoration of 30 arches
- create designs
- develop a business model to show how we could get more funding to allow further restoration of the whole Terrace
We started to appoint specialists to begin design work for the Terrace’s restoration in late 2019, early 2020. The full team was appointed and in place by May 2020.
The first phase of restoration
The ambition is to see the Terrace used as a year-round place for:
- local people
- sustainable tourism
Making sure everyone can enjoy Madeira Terrace
A core focus of the project is to allow greater access for everyone to the Eastern Seafront. We’ll do this by providing step-free access to tie in with the lift and staircases on Marine Parade.
Futureproofing Madeira Terrace
A real challenge for the project is to embed circular economy principles in the restoration. This will allow future generations to use and enjoy Madeira Terrace.
Events on Madeira Drive
Madeira Drive hosts around 20 large and national events each year and the Terrace is an iconic backdrop for these events.
A special inspection report stated that it's too dangerous for people to stand on the historic 'linear grandstand'.
Some of the worst affected arches were closed.
Two arches were deconstructed to check the level of damage. It showed significant deterioration to the structure.
This meant we needed to do more surveys and intervene to maintain the arches until we can restore them.
Access to Madeira Terrace closed completely apart from:
- 2 staircases to the east and west of the Terrace, including the ramp
- one staircase mid-way along the Terrace, allowing access from Marine Parade to Madeira Drive
Restoration planning began.
A bid for £4 million government funding (Coastal Communities) was unsuccessful.
The crowdfunding campaign ran from July to November and raised £460,000. This amounted to £440,000 after charges and hosting costs.
Two bids to the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) were unsuccessful. We continued to explore funding options and bids.
We appointed a project manager for the Madeira Terrace restoration in autumn.
Tourism, Development and Culture Committee agreed to advertise a tender to appoint design team. The aim of this was to fully understand the real cost of restoring the Terrace.
We set up an advisory panel of community representatives.
We appointed an architect and construction project manager in March.
We appointed the final design team in May.
We completed Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) stage 0 to 1, the strategic definition and preparation and briefing.
We began RIBA stage 2 concept design.
RIBA stage 3 completed - design approved for building regulations.
Public engagement took place to get views and feedback on design plans.
We will submit planning application.
We will start RIBA Stage 4 technical design.