A Victorian building which was one of the initial teaching places for what is now the city’s university is continuing to see a slow decay.Advertisement
Historic England has kept the Harris Institute in Avenham Lane on the ‘at risk’ register of listed buildings.
The grade-II listed former art college was built between 1846 and 1849 and was the Preston Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge – which eventually became the University of Central Lancashire.
After five years on the market the asking price for the Institute has been dropped by £100,000 by estate agents Kingswood in the last 18 months. It is now listed at a price of £550,000.
In recent years the Institute was operated as the Darul Uloom Islamic Institute but closed after a year of operation and the building has stood empty since 2014.
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The Historic England ‘at-risk’ register states: “Plans to bring the building into educational use were unfortunately not taken forward, and the building remains vacant with no future use agreed.
“There is a risk that dry rot (which was previously eradicated) could re-establish as the building is unventilated and suffering from water ingress.”
The Institute is one of a number of buildings and areas in Preston put on the ‘at risk’ register. See a video below about the Institute being ‘at-risk’ as well as other buildings in the city.
Kingswood Estate agents said they had a number of interested parties expressing an interest in submitting an offer for the Harris Institute.
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