Egyptian Façade, Reliance Arcade
451 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8HH

Restoration of the Egyptian faience façade

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. It was developed in two phases, the first being the construction of a narrow glazed arcade to the rear of a large Georgian house, which was part of a terrace. The other houses in the terrace were demolished in the 1920s/30s for commercial development.  The Egyptian-style faience façade of Reliance Arcade, fronting Electric Lane, is of particular interest. It is an early example of Egyptian-style 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 few remaining examples in London.  This HOLT supported project will include raking out and repointing existing tiles, lifting and repairing decorative tiles which are suffering from water ingress and Buddleia growth. It will also repair the decorative coloured tiles forming the frieze above the entrance, which will replace poorly matched modern tiles and/or damaged original tiles with bespoke faience tiles to match originals. The work also includes repairing the original glass Reliance Arcade sign and adding a light box behind that copies the design of the decorative glazing, adding coloured elements.