Reliance Arcade is a Grade II Listed covered market in Brixton, London. The market occupies a narrow site running between Brixton Road and Electric Lane. The Arcade is listed as one of three covered markets comprising the Brixton Village group of markets. It is the oldest of the three with the earliest part of the Arcade dating back to 1925. The primary reason for listing the Arcade is not due to its architectural significance, but the historic & cultural value the market brings to the local community of Brixton. Although privately owned the project was majority funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) represented Lambeth Council.
Internally, we sought to return the Arcade to its original 1930s appearance while bringing it up to modern building standards. The Electric lane faience façade was carefully restored and on Brixton Road, a shopfront fitted at ground level with new canopy signage and lighting added above.
To date, the majority of works internally have been completed and the scaffolding was recently taken down to unveil the restored Electric Lane façade. On Brixton Road, the lit signage has been revealed and the canopy and shopfronts are to be completed post-Christmas.
The project was tendered in late 2018 and started on site in early 2019 with a contract sum of approximately £750,000. We are currently approaching the completion date in late February 2020. Internally, most of the works are now complete.