Tottenham’s iconic St Mark’s Methodist church set for restoration

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Faith Spaces, Newsfeed

A major restoration project is set to breathe new life into an iconic London landmark often likened to the South Bank’s OXO Tower.

Built in 1938, St Mark’s Methodist Church, Tottenham has a striking Art Deco frontage and square tower which stands as a visual focal point in the heart of the Bruce Grove Conservation Area.

Improvements to this heritage gem include the repair and cleansing of the entire frontage, new energy efficient windows, extensive shop front enhancements and a new car park surface surrounded by planting. The main entrance to the church will be transformed with new doors, canopy, lighting and signage.

The scheme has been made possible with funding from Haringey Council and the generous support of Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone, alongside the congregation of St Mark’s and local partners.

Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for House Building, Placemaking and the Local Economy, Cllr Ruth Gordon, said: “I’ve always felt that our borough has some amazing hidden architectural gems and St Mark’s is one of them. I’m delighted that we’ve co-produced improvement works for this eye-catching landmark. It will bring far reaching benefits to Bruce Grove and sees us honouring our pledge to improve the borough’s high streets.

“Not only will this striking heritage asset be restored, but the works will play a role in making the area safer and greener.  We’ve worked side-by-side with the church and its congregation, businesses and residents on this restoration project, so we know we’ve got support from the community. I hope it will be just one more reason to love Tottenham.”

From engagement sessions and workshops to church member participation in the selection process of the design team, the project has involved the community in shaping the future look and feel of the area with the objective of meeting local needs and requirements.

Currently serving as a hub for both community and commercial activities, the St Mark’s building is home to five businesses and hosts a congregation of around 300 people of all ages.

This project aims to enable these vital support services to flourish, reflecting the church’s commitment to expand its outreach work.  It will also have a noticeable impact on the Bruce Grove town centre and the conservation of its heritage.

Reverend Stephen Poxon said: “With a new frontage and the wider restoration works to St Mark’s, we can bring further visibility to the church and grow our support to the wider community.

“The community in the church have contributed greatly to the project and are excited about it. They are looking forward to the works starting and the impact it will have.”

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SOURCE:

https://www.haringey.gov.uk/

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