Major internal and external changes for The Harris set for green light

Posted on - 7th January, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
The Harris exterior
The Harris Museum exterior

Planning applications have been submitted for proposed external and internal works as part of the ‘Reimagining the Harris’ project.


This project by Buttress aims to adapt the building in order to improve its functionality and improve public access and circulation within the building as more than £10m is invested in the Harris museum and library.

External alterations to the building, which is recommended for approval, comprise of repairs to the roof and roof glazing, a new doorway entrance on the east elevation which is on Lancaster Road.

the harris welcome visual
The Harris shares its concept design visuals

It also includes infill screening at second floor level, poster boxes to the south and west elevation (facing the Flag Market and Miller Arcade) and replacement of the external banner to the portico.

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The proposed internal works comprise the removal of the existing interventions into the building, including partition walls and mezzanine floors.

A new lift would be installed in the eastern section of the building, after the removal of the existing lift and fire stairway.

There are also plans to make Lancaster Road the main entrance to make a more accessible and appealing entrance.

Architectural model of the proposed changes to the Harris Pic: Buttress Architects Ltd
Architectural model of the proposed changes to the Harris Pic: Buttress Architects Ltd

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The works also include new and repaired floor finishes throughout the building, the installation of blinds, film and secondary glazing to the central rotunda in order to protect collections of ultraviolet degradation and provide solar control within the building, renewal of mechanical and electrical services.

The works would result in a re-configuration of the building with improved visitor facilities, café and shop, toilet and baby changing facilities, changes to the galleries and increased accessibility to the building.

Councillors will discuss the proposals at Preston City Council’s planning committee during Thursday (7 January).

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