Elizabethan House SignFour centuries of building material will be carefully stripped back as part of a sensitive and difficult assessment into the condition of the house which has survived the Blitz as well as extensive slum clearances in the early 1900’s.

The work forms the first part of three phases of the project on the Grade II star listed building on New Street, the Barbican.

The building, which has been closed to the public since 2016, is due to be restored and reopened so it can play a key part in the Mayflower 400 commemorations and beyond. Renovation works are due for completion in early summer 2020.

A structural investigation last year found additional voiding and decay within the timbers of the building.

DHV, an architectural design team led by an experienced conservation accredited architect, were appointed in November 2017 to lead the detailed investigation work and subsequent restoration of the house.

Elizabethan House Top WindowThey are carrying out a ‘heritage significance assessment’ which involves gaining an understanding of the real extent of the deterioration and decay by stripping all internal finishes from the building in stages to record and assess its condition.

This includes all sand and cement renders and severely deteriorated lime plasters. The external slate to the south elevation will need to be removed. This work has listed building consent and is due to start imminently.

The events and activities in the house will directly support the Mayflower 400 commemorations and complement the content of the Mayflower exhibition that will be on display in The Box, Plymouth when it opens in 2020. They will also link to the proposed Mayflower heritage trails connecting the Barbican and New Street to the existing Mayflower Museum, the city centre and The Box.

A designer will be appointed to develop interpretation proposals for the Elizabethan House and will work closely with a conservation architect to produce planning stage drawings for the restoration.

The Elizabethan House is one of five projects to which Plymouth City Council committed £5 million capital funds in February 2017 as part of the Mayflower 400 programme.

Find out more about the history of the Elizabethan House here.

This news release was originally published on the Plymouth City Council newsroom.