Sussex

Brighton's Victorian Madeira lift revamped

  • 3 February 2013
  • From the section Sussex
Councillor Geoffrey Bowden
Image caption The life will reopen in time for Easter and operate throughout the summer

A Grade-II listed Victorian lift is to reopen after a specialist team carried out restoration work on its roof.

About £200,000 was spent repairing the Madeira lift which links Brighton's upper and lower promenade,

The copper griffins and dolphin weathervane were refurbished and LED lights have been installed.

Major work was carried out on the lift mechanisms and shaft in 2009. The roof work completes the final stage of the project.

Brighton and Hove City Councillor Geoffrey Bowden said: "I am absolutely thrilled that this unique Victorian lift has been restored to its former glory and that we have been able to add energy-efficient LED lighting which will make the lift an attractive feature at night."

Opened in 1890, the lift links Marine Parade with Madeira Drive.

It transported thousands of visitors to the beach in its heyday.

The lift will reopen for Easter and operate throughout the spring and summer.

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