Diamond Build Group has helped to preserve a Grade II listed community mural with the construction of a secure storage unit.
The team worked in partnership with Haringey Council and Spaciotempo, a temporary building specialist, to deliver the ‘Tangmere Mosaic Mural Storage Unit’.
Constructed on a grassed area on the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham, the building has provided a safe space to relocate and restore the mural, which was created in the 1980s by artist Gülsün Erbil.
Titled ‘Equality – Harmony’, the mural was originally located on the side of the five-storey Tangmere House. The residential block is being demolished as part of an estate-wide improvement programme, including the delivery of 294 new council homes for Broadwater Farm residents.
As highlighted by the C20 Society, the imagery of the mosaic mural ‘celebrates the universal values of peace, equality, harmony and community, linked by a rainbow and a musical stave running the full height of the work.’ It shows two hemispheres at the top, followed by a UK map, the river Thames and London skyline, and the buildings of the estate, its people and the activities they enjoyed.
Diamond Build Group prepared the site for the unit, including the construction of a large concrete base. Electrical services have been installed along with a range of measures to secure the building, including CCTV, fencing and a specialist door.
David Lott, Operations Director for Diamond Special Works, part of Diamond Build Group, said: “Although this is a relatively small project in construction terms, it will have a significant impact locally. As well as providing protection, the unit ensures a suitable space for restoring the mural before it is reinstated on the Estate once the new homes have been built.
“It’s been a pleasure to play a part in the preservation of the Equality – Harmony mural. As a local contractor, also based in Tottenham, we look forward to seeing the artwork return to the Estate in its former glory.”
Haringey Council is inviting the local community to get involved in the restoration with the opportunity to meet restoration experts and observe progress throughout the project. Anyone interested in taking part should email – [email protected].
Mural Image – Flickr: julesfoto