Search for mu­ral’s new home con­tin­ues

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughtoda3.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

AN iconic mu­ral in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre has been suc­cess­fully re­moved, but the search to find a new home for it con­tin­ues.

The land­mark mu­ral has been re­moved from the side of Bridge House on Town Bridge by work­men over the past few weeks.

The 56-year-old mu­ral was split up into 91 slabs, mea­sur­ing one me­tre squared, by work­men from Mcfletch Con­struc­tion and the slabs have been placed in stor­age at nearby ware­houses.

The re­moval, which was com­pleted ear­lier this month, was car­ried out as part of the de­mo­li­tion of Bridge House which is be­ing knocked down as part of plans to re-gen­er­ate the city’s South Bank area.

But plan­ning bosses at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil say they are no closer to find­ing a per­ma­nent home for the mu­ral.

Ge­off Badger, build­ing ser­vices man­ager for the coun­cil, said: “The re­moval of the mu­ral went com­pletely to plan, the work­men took very pre­cise care to re­move all the slabs and keep them in per­fect con­di­tion.

“There were no hic­cups what­so­ever and the whole process only took just over two weeks. The slabs have gone into stor­age at ware­houses and the next stage of the process is to find a new home for the mu­ral.

“That search is still on-go­ing and we will con­tinue to be look­ing at a num­ber of op­tions.”

Coun­cil leader Cllr Marco Cer­este said a num­ber of ob­sta­cles needed to be over­come to find the mu­ral a new home in­clud­ing find­ing a space large enough to dis­play it.

City his­to­ri­ans had pre­vi­ously voiced their con­cerns about the mu­ral lan­guish­ing in stor­age for a lengthy pe­riod of time.

Chair­man of Peter­bor­ough Civic So­ci­ety Peter Lee said: “If the mu­ral is put into stor­age then some­one will have to pay to re-erect it.

“I can imag­ine the coun­cil say­ing ‘sorry, but we don’t have the money’.

“It should be built into the bud­get of the de­vel­op­ment of the South Bank.”

The mu­ral fea­tures lu­mi­nar­ies like Archimedes, Sir Isaac New­ton and scholar Thomas Brad­war­dine and also fig­ures from mythol­ogy in­clud­ing Nusuki, the Assyr­ian god of light and fire, and Min­erva, the Ro­man god­dess of wis­dom and the arts, and cel­e­brates the growth of sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing.

Picture: et reader Brian Pearce.

re­moval: Work­ers re­mov­ing the mu­ral from the Bridge House site. (METP-16-05-12RH5) Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

in stor­age: The mu­ral on Bridge House which has been split up into 91 slabs and put into stor­age un­til a new home can be found for it.

de­mo­li­tion: Bridge House un­der de­mo­li­tion at the be­gin­ning of this month.

work: Work tak­ing place at Bridge House.

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