Restoration Of Brighton Arches Win Award

A scheme to restore a row of historic fishermen’s arches on Brighton seafront has won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for outstanding conservation work.


The scheme by Brighton & Hove City Council created shops and a public toilet from 26 Victorian arches beneath the upper prom.

 The £3.5m project started in November 2012 and completed when the shops began opening last summer.

 Specially-made bricks were used along with hand-crafted wooden doors and window frames.   New cast iron railings were made using traditional techniques and Victorian patterns.


brighton archesAll the original structures had to be demolished and recreated using steel-reinforced concrete.  The project is seen as crucial because the arches support the A259 trunk road above.


brighton archesIn a second phase, a further 33 arches further east are now being restored, due for reopening in summer 2016.


Chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee Councillor Gill Mitchell said:  “The Heritage Trust judges agreed this has been a superb, high-quality piece of work, which is continuing into the next phase.


“It would be difficult to find a seafront in the country where more investment is either underway or planned.  Certainly no other resort in Sussex has anything like it.”


Among current projects, the 160-metre, £46m i360 viewing tower is being built and is scheduled to open next summer.  Around £9m has been won from the Department for Transport to reinforce the junction of West Street and the A259 and restore the adjoining seafront Shelter Hall.  It closed as a gym in 2013 when serious structural defects were found.


The authority is currently looking into how to fund a multi-million pound restoration of the Madeira Terraces east of Brighton Pier, where structural faults have also forced closure.