Heritage England have regraded Madeira Terrace as a II* structure.
The nerds amongst you will enjoy reading the citation. A few headlines for others:
- This designation is deserved by ‘particularly important buildings of more than special interest’
- There is no other building like it in the English historic record (closest is a Victorian pier)I
- It’s ‘monolithic’ form is considered very rare of possibly uniqueI
- It is thought to be the longest cast iron structure in England and possibly the world.
The Madeira Drive green wall gets a special mention:
“Earlier, between 1830 and 1833, the natural East Cliff at Brighton was made good by the application of a concrete covering, and was then planted up to achieve a green wall which is now believed to be the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe, with over 100 species of flowering plants recorded.”
Now to save it…
(Painting by Vincent Donlin)
Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, this weekend’s Green Architecture Day has been cancelled. The better news is it is re-scheduled for 3 October.
Jax Atkins from the Save Madeira Terraces campaign has announced the Council budget committee’s decision this week to contribute £13.4 million to the restoration of Madeira Terrace.
This is fabulous news – it’s not the total budget required, but with the architect and design team about to be established, a committed bunch of local people involved in advising the Council, and the good work already done to fundraise in the community and protect the Madeira Drive green wall, we should see some progress at last!
Building Green represents the environment sector on the advisory committee. If you have concerns or questions you would like us to raise on your behalf, get in touch.
image from Facebook Madeira Terraces group.
7 November holds 2 events for Building Green
- 10am, Duke’s Mound, Madeira Drive – Green wall work party.
- 530pm, Earth and Stars, Brighton – Building Green steering group.
Building Green volunteers
Today is the first meeting of the stakeholder forum for the Madeira Terraces regeneration.
Building Green is a member of the forum, and represents the views of the natural environment sector, along with colleagues from the built environment.
If you have any general comments to make, please add them to the comments on this post, or email them by 6pm today.
We will keep you posted on the discussions and further opportunities to have your say.
For our ‘three point plan’ on the Madeira Drive environment, click here.
Everyone wants to save money and do things as cheaply as possible when it comes to our houses, and green roofs are no exception.
Unfortunately, corners are often cut during the design and build and that roof which looks lovely and healthy on the day of installation can quickly deteriorate. In fact, the vast majority of green roofs we see are in poor condition, and won’t be delivering the kind of benefits that the owners would like… whether that is a great place for nature, energy bill savings, managing floodwater, or just looking healthy and green.
Green Roof Revival is a company set up to bring roofs like this into top condition. This week Building Green accompanied Lee Evans, director of Green Roof Revival, on a site visit to 2 roofs in Chichester. This is what we saw.
Building Green needs you.
** Change of Date **
New volunteers are welcome to help run Brighton & Hove Building Green. No particular skills required – just an enthusiasm for making our city and greener and more pleasant place…and a willingness to get stuck in!
- green wall maintenance
- green roof mapping
- community engagement and events
- social media
- web development
- representing the environment in city forums
We will be meeting at the Earth & Stars on 23 July, at 530-730pm. Come and say hi and find out more!
Any questions, or to let us know you’re coming, drop us a line email@example.com
Building Green volunteers restoring the oldest, longest green wall in the UK in Brighton