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Society responds to latest plans for Brighton’s Madeira Terrace

A new full structural survey from a conservation accredited structural engineer still required.

Madeira Terrace, Brighton

Brighton and Hove Council has published further information on its plans for Madeira Terrace. The statement notes that:

‘The council has previously estimated a like-for-like rebuilding of the structure would cost up to £30m... Where possible we will restore the ironwork, but where modern engineering methods, materials and treatments allow and can be justified we will also use these to replace iron work on a like-for-like replica basis, to ensure that the structure can last longer.’

Alex Bowring, Victorian Society Conservation Adviser said: ‘Brighton and Hove Council’s statement on Madeira Terraces continues to talk about rebuilding on a ‘like-for-like replica basis’. We maintain that the Council must commission a new full structural survey from a conservation accredited structural engineer before deciding that the existing listed structure cannot be repaired. The Society does not, in principle, object to locating businesses in the arches, but such a plan must ensure that as much of the listed structure as possible is restored and retained. We hope the Council will enter into constructive discussion with us to ensure the best possible outcome’.  

The Morton Partnership recenty advised the Society that repair was not as expensive as the Council had feared.

Thursday 9 June, 2016

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