Egyptian Façade, Reliance Arcade, Brixton

Restoration of the Egyptian faience façade

Reliance Arcade is a narrow covered market in the centre of Brixton, built between 1923-5 by Andrews and Peascod. Its Egyptian-style faience façade, fronting Electric Lane, is of particular interest. It is an early example of Egyptian architecture in London, which had been influenced by the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922 and the Paris exhibition of 1925. The style was a relatively short-lived fashion in 1920s London, and there are very few remaining examples.

The restoration project will include repairing decorative tiles on the façade and the frieze above the entrance which are suffering from water ingress, Buddleia growth and intrusive modern wiring. Bespoke faience tiles will match the originals and the glass Reliance Arcade sign will be repaired with a new light box added behind to illuminate it.

This project is being kindly supported by Mishcon de Reya.

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