Madeira Terrace is the platform that runs from the Aquarium Terraces all the way to Duke's Mound, almost 3,000 feet. It is 25 feet wide. It was built in the 1890s and is a classic example of the Victorian love of cast iron.
The platform is supported by cast iron columns, and impressive cast iron lattice work form arches between the columns. At the centre of each arch is a cast iron figurehead of either Neptune or Aphrodite. The paved area under the Terrace is officially known as Madeira Walk, though few would want to walk there today, except perhaps to escape the rain.
Madeira Terrace is a listed structure, and therefore must be preserved. While it is used for promenading a little, it could hardly be said to be attractive. It's main function is as a viewing platform for the various events that are staged along the Drive.
It was repainted in 2007, and while that is welcome, there is so much more that needs to be done to make it a genuine attraction. Its shrubbery is overgrown, benches are broken, the rendering on the cliif face is crumbling, the staircases need attention. In short, it is a scene of partial dereliction.
It is an historic structure in need of a contemporay function, one that can justify a lot of expenditure in improving it.
Madeira Terrace is in need of major repairs and remains closed to the public. The massive reduction in local authority funding from central government means that the city council is unable to repair the structure, even though its condition deteriorates year on year.
In 2015 it was proposed by some business leaders and the Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission, which was formed in 2014, that the city should seek World Heritage status for the city's seafront, but reports suggest that the city council is unconvinced by the idea.
In December 2015 3-metre high security fencing replaced the existing temporary fencing along the length of the terrace. Clearly, Madeira Terrace is not going to be renovated any time soon. It is likely it will remain closed to the public for many years to come.