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£1m arches work paving way for i360
Structural work will begin next week to pave the way for the i360.
The council will spend more than £1million repairing the Victorian structures which they hope will improve the appearance of the seafront ahead of the i360 development.
A council spokeswoman said detailed costs had not yet been finalised.
She added: “They were built during the reign of Queen Victoria and after 120 years it’s time for the Kings Road Arches, which support the promenade between Alfresco’s restaurant and the new i360 development, to be replaced.
“The work to rebuild, strengthen and refurbish the historic arches will begin on Monday, and last for an estimated 50 weeks. The majority of these arches are not in use, with the remainder being used for storage.”
The arches which form part of the Brighton i360 development are separate to those being improved.
These belong to the West Pier Trust and will also have to undergo work ahead of the viewing tower’s construction.
Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “Following the results from the most recent structural survey the council is carrying out major repairs which will help support the highway and new businesses in the arches for at least another 120 years.”
Businesses on the lower promenade and seafront are due to remain open as usual throughout the works but the upper promenade will be closed between Alfresco’s restaurant and the West Pier.
A spokesman for Marks Barfield, the architects building the i360, said the work, not directly linked to their plans, would help to improve the general appearance to the area.
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