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News from the Plymouth Barbican

Planning application on the Barbican’s historic Elizabethan House submitted.

Planning application on historic house submitted

Preparations to make one of the oldest properties in Plymouth ready to play its part in the Mayflower commemorations look set to get underway in the Autumn. Plymouth City Council has submitted a listed building application for a detailed structural condition investigation to be carried out on the Elizabethan House.

The application asks to carefully remove all internal finishes, including sand and cement renders and lime plaster, from the building to enable a full assessment of its condition to be carried out. All original features will be recorded and conserved as part of the project,

The house in New Street is a grade 2* listed building and is in need of conservation. An initial structural and condition appraisal has already been carried out and has established that the building has significant issues which need further investigation.

Inappropriate repairs carried out in 1929 has resulted in persistent damp issues within the building that now requires a sympathetic and comprehensive response in order to fully rectify the problem

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “This is the start of our journey to get this house ready for Mayflower 400.

“We want it to play a part in our story by renovating it and creating a place people will be able to see what life was like four centuries ago. But its age means we have to treat it very sensitively.”

Because of its condition and age, Historic England has included the Elizabethan House on its ‘Heritage at Risk Register’.  The Council now plans to bid for funds to address the structural condition issues and an application will be submitted to Historic England in the autumn.

A conservation-led  design team is being appointed to renovate the building with a view to creating an exciting immersive museum experience which will transport visitors back to Elizabethan Plymouth and is a key aspect of the Mayflower 400 capital programme as recently announced.

The structural investigation work will start late autumn and is expected to take around six months.  Following on from that designs for the new museum will be developed

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Jane Slavin, Corporate Communications Officer 
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Email: jane.slavin@plymouth.gov.uk

Touchy Feely – An exhibition of textiles and ceramics

Art Exibition at 45 Southside Street Barbican PlymouthTouchy Feely – An exhibition of textiles and ceramics by Carol Hocking and Tim Gee at 45 Southside, starting 17th September 2017

Carol Hocking is a textile practitioner with a lifelong interest in textiles and stitching. Her techniques integrate traditional skills and modern technology; using hand weave and stitch, patchwork, layering, and dying in conjunction with laser cut and heat manipulated fabrics.

Tim Gee is known for his subtle use of texture and colour on porcelain, but this new work moves him into uncharted territory. Each of his unique containers are thrown on the wheel, ceramic boxes enclosing a space filled with texture, colour and surprise.

This show will contain new work by both artists exploring colour and texture using two very different media. Tim’s ceramic boxes are enclosed vessels of layered colour and texture. Smooth, glossy or textured each of these coloured pieces begs to be handled. Carol’s work uses a variety of techniques both traditional and modern to layer and patchwork scraps and other textiles, using older materials reused or recycled to create new work.

Though both approach texture from different directions and using very different media each feel that for work to be appreciated it needs to be handled, fondled, touched and stroked; only then can its true qualities be fully understood. Because of this the artists invite visitors to handle their creations.

The exhibition is part of Carol’s and Tim’s MA in Contemporary Craft at Plymouth College of Art and will run from Sunday 17th September 2017. The opening view will be held on that day from 3pm to 6pm, all are welcome.


The Mad Merchant Coffee House

The Mad Merchant Coffee House Plymouth BarbicanNEW! The Mad Merchant Coffee House is now open and brewing delicious drinks for all you caffeine lovers.

Located on New Street, this family run cafe offers an exquisite selection of fine coffee and delicious cakes with a relaxing peaceful seat in their secluded garden. While there, don’t forget to nip upstairs and take a look at their impressive book collection.

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Another great reason to visit the Plymouth Barbican ! #LoveTheBarbican

NEW Barbican Map launched by the Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB)

The ABB have launched a new map to help visitors discover what makes the Barbican unique, with its fascinating sites, exciting activities and array of independent shops and dining experiences all located around the beautiful historic harbour.

The #Barbican and #SuttonHarbour Map and Guide has been created by local traders who want to highlight the areas unique character.

[ Download Page 1 – Map ]
[ Download Page 2 – Guide ]

The chair of the Association of Barbican Businesses, Benjamin Shearn said: “Even in our digital age, there’s a big demand for hard copy maps which make exploring an area fun as well as informative. The Barbican map will help visitors find land marks such as visitor attractions, car parks and independent businesses as well as encouraging visitors to explore the plethora of cobbled back streets, rich in history and some even being digitally recreated for Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean. The maps are being distributed to local businesses as well as across the south of England, a huge thank you to the small team who created the map on a tiny budget, they look great.”

The colourful and informative map is free of charge and available from the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican and will be distributed to outlets around the city and region.

The detailed map designed by local historian Chris Robinson, depicts many of the areas distinctive buildings, there are over 100 listed buildings in the area.

The ABB would like to thank the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership for their support.

Summer Ferry Service for Sutton Harbour

NEW: Summer ferry service for Sutton Harbour starting 1st July

A water ferry will operate in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour this summer to link the historic Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter whilst the pedestrian foot-bridge is closed for essential repairs.

The service will run daily between West Pier (opposite the Real Food Kitchen, by the Mayflower Steps) and Shepherd’s Wharf (in front of Lockyers Quay pub) from an expected start date of July 1st to help people cross the harbour and visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is funding the installation of necessary infrastruc-ture to create landing stages on either side of the harbour for passengers to board from, and will also subsidise the operational costs of the Sutton Harbour ferry service for a 10 week period through the peak summer months, starting from July 1st if work completes on schedule.

The service has been organised in collaboration with Plymouth City Council and key tenant businesses as an interim measure to help people make their way across the harbour whilst the footbridge over Sutton Lock is closed for the com-ing months. Following thorough testing on site this spring, engineers from the Environment Agency recently confirmed that the bridge turntable had failed and will need to be replaced, along with a series of other necessary repairs which it is hoped will provide greater longevity to the bridge’s operation in the future.

Repairs are expected to take a number of months and interim measures such as a ferry service, bus shuttle service and using the Land Train have been dis-cussed by the city council, Sutton Harbour Holdings and tenant businesses as potential options for the summer months.The Sutton Harbour ferry service will be the first service to launch, offering an alternative, quick way to cross Sutton Harbour, in addition to the walking route along the footpath circling the harbour.

The water ferry will be operated by local firm Silverline Cruises, which recently lost its contract to operate the Royal William Yard ferry after that service was un-expectedly suspended this month.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “Following regular meetings with the city council and some of our key tenants, including the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish – Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, we are delighted to announce the launch of a water ferry service in Sutton Harbour, which we hope will start from July 1st if work completes on schedule, to help people make their way across the harbour whilst the footbridge is out of action over the coming months.


“We understand and appreciate that the bridge closure is inconvenient for visitors to Plymouth’s waterfront, as well as an issue for some of our prime businesses like the NMA and Rockfish, so we are investing in enabling and support-ing the ferry service to help bring people from the Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter to visit these venues more easily.


“The ferry will also offer a quick way for anyone parking in the long-stay Harbour Car Park in Lockyers Quay to cross over to the Barbican and city centre, and an alternative to the walking route around the Harbour Heritage Trail.”

Work is already underway to build and install the new brow and landing stages on both sides of the harbour to facilitate the ferry service, and this is expected to take 2-3 weeks. Installation costs and associated operational costs for the ferry service are being heavily subsided by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc. There will be a small charge for the ferry service of £1 per person each way or £1.50 return, and children under 5 will travel for free.

The ferry will be available from 10am – 7pm, Monday to Sunday, from an expected start date of July 1st until further notice.The Sutton Lock pedestrian footbridge remains closed to the public whilst further testing is undertaken by Environment Agency engineers to rule out all other potential causes for the bridge fault, ahead of repairs starting to replace the bridge turntable assembly.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk. The lock gates remain operational for all marine traffic, such as fishing boats. An alternative walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail with a footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay.


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