Artist's hidden mural uncovered as building goes on market

A building on the Barbican which is home to a mural by renowned artist Robert Lenkiewicz is available to let for the first time in 36 years.

Elspeth Sitters House, in Southside Street, has come on to the lettings market after previous occupants Age UK Plymouth vacated it this summer.

The premises, which PCH owns and which is next to the Plymouth Gin Distillery, houses a huge wall mural created by Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz.

The mural was painted by Lenkiewicz in 1982 as part of an art project with older people at the charity.

The building was used as a day care centre by the charity and the painting depicts the ‘seven ages of man’.

It measures approximately 10 metres long and around 2.5 metres high but has been covered up during Age UK’s occupation.

Phil Burgoyne, PCH Commercial Premises and Leasehold Manager, said: “These premises are in a prominent position within the city. They are at the heart of Plymouth’s historic Barbican. With Mayflower 2020 on the horizon and all the activity which will be associated with that, this is a great place for a business to be b located.

“But the building itself also houses a piece of history in the form of a rare Lenkiewicz mural. Whoever takes on this building will be lucky to have that as a feature. In fact, we will stipulate that whoever signs the lease will have to protect the mural and not paint over it.”

“There’s access from both Southside Street and Hoegate Street and 11 allocated parking spaces in a secure basement car park.”

The premises includes ground floor and basement accommodation and measures approximately 737sq m (7933 sq ft).

Offers are invited in excess of £10 per sq ft (£107.64 per sq m).

You can read more about the premises here.