Harris museum releases updated design plans to reassure concerned Prestonians

Posted on - 5th July, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Opinion, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
New images released of proposed plans for The Harris.
New images were released of proposed plans for the Harris

The latest design plans for the Harris Museum’s ongoing renovation project were met with some criticism from Blog Preston readers following their unveiling last week.


The plans appeared to eliminate many of the Grade I-listed building’s iconic features, instead opting for a modern, minimalist style.

Representatives for the Harris have now released updated imagery to show how new design elements will sit within the building’s original features, following the worried public response.

The designs come as part of a £10.7 million renovation project, which aims to create the UK’s first blended museum, art gallery and library.

the harris welcome visual
Original plans showed a much more minimalist style
Updated images show more of the building’s original features

The revision of the plans isn’t the first time an idea has been rejected as an earlier proposal, which would have seen the creation of a new entrance to the Harris from the Flag Market, was declined.

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Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “We’ve been excited to share concept designs for the Harris, and are grateful for the constructive feedback so far.

“We would like to encourage everyone who loves the Harris to let us know their thoughts as our design journey continues.

“As we are at the midway point in the project, we’d like to continue the dialogue with you, so by signing up to our mailing list you won’t miss out on any updates or opportunities to get involved that will help shape our vision for the Harris of the future.”

Alongside the new images, the Harris has clarified that much-loved original interior fabrics, fittings and fixtures will remain in place when the renovations are complete.

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The public are being asked to provide their feedback on the designs via a survey response form found on the Harris website.

This consultation will remain open until 5pm on Monday 6 July.

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