Did you know.. Madeira Terrace has been said to be the longest cast iron structure in Britain or even the world? The Victorian Society has also stated that Madeira Terrace is one of 2015’s Top Ten Most Endangered Victorian and Edwardian Buildings in England and Wales.
Pledges have been pouring in to the #SaveBrightonTerrace campaign which hopes to raise £429,581 in an effort to restore Brighton’s iconic arches to their former glory.
Fundraisers aim to save this historical structure from falling into disrepair, in the process creating a new lively quarter for Brighton.
Madeira Terrace, a Grade II-listed structure running half a mile along the seafront, is falling into irreversible disrepair. The crowdfunding campaign is a crucial first step in a £24m plan to save the arches.
The campaign aims to restore at least three arches, but will also help 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.
With the pledges, ideas, and volunteering efforts of local Brightonians, organisers believe that together, the community can return Madeira Terrace to its former glory, and beyond!
Once restored, Madeira Terrace will become the catalyst for regeneration of the eastern side of Brighton’s famous seafront.
Organisers are unsure what kinds of ideas will be put forward by the local community, how the arches will be used or which museums, bars, start-ups, shops, or artists will fill the arches over the next year.
But organisers are incredibly excited by the prospect of injecting life back into this strip of Brighton. The project aims to harness the city’s energy and creativity, and allow the people of Brighton & Hove to make the country’s coolest new estate – on our beach – together.
“It’s about galvanising support to preserve something old while at the same time providing something exciting and different that we can all use and enjoy, for years to come.”
All backers will become a Friend of Madeira Terrace, giving them multiple discounts and also voting rights on which companies initially move into the arches. So if you’re interested in being apart of this exciting new grass-roots project, and in having a voice throughout the process, then donate to this good cause.
Average pledges range from £5-500, so give whatever you can if you want to see this project grow.