Next step to restore key historic house

The regeneration of Plymouth’s Elizabethan House in the heart of the Barbican is moving on to its next phase.

After carrying out a detailed investigation to understand the extent of the deterioration of the building, the first phase of work on the Grade II listed property is complete and consultation has begun on the plans for phase two.

The Council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part in the Mayflower 400 commemorations and beyond.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council said: “The progress of the Elizabethan House is very exciting. This building is over 400 years old, and it’s our duty to ensure that it’s restored for future generations to learn about our history here in Plymouth.

“The Mayflower 400 Commemorations are an opportunity to showcase Plymouth’s rich history and culture, but projects such as this are just as much for our residents to enjoy and learn from.”

The first phase of works saw specialists architects DHV Architects (Dittrich Hudson Vasetti) carry out investigative works on the building.  The work was completed with £60,000 of development funding from Historic England and The Pilgrim’s Trust.

The second phase involves a small two storey extension to the back of the building, which will provide space for new toilets, a kitchen for staff and storage. It will also support the deteriorated rear wall of the Grade II star listed building.

Once re-opened, the events and activities in the house will directly support the Mayflower 400 commemorations and complement the content of The Box’s Mayflower exhibition, the proposed Mayflower heritage trails linking the Barbican/New Street to the city centre and The Box and the existing Mayflower Museum.

This comes after the exciting news that the project was awarded a development grant of £142,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund earlier this year. This will fund the appointment of community engagement officers who will ensure that local communities are involved in the redevelopment of the building.

Planning and listed building consent applications for the phase two works have been submitted to planning and consultation will run for three weeks until 9 October 2018.