Harris hoarding installed as construction works progress

Posted on - 29th January, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Flag Market, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Some of the new hoardings along the front of the Harris Pic: Harris Museum and Art Gallery

As the Harris Your Place construction works progress, a new and vibrant design has been fitted across the construction site hoarding surrounding the Harris.

Following an open tender process, Chorley-based company, Poppy Signs were awarded the contract to design and install the hoarding. The artwork incorporates a mix of project highlights, rendered images of new spaces, quotes from the community and Harris collection items and paintings.


Prestonians will be pleased to see the return of fan favourites: Pauline in the Yellow Dress by Sir James Gunn and Horace the Poulton Elk, which appear digitally on the hoarding.

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Image of the Harris construction site hoarding
Image of the Harris construction site hoarding Pic: Preston City Council

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services at Preston City Council said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to get to this stage of the Harris Your Place capital project. We’re thrilled to announce the completion of the construction site hoarding, which offers an updated insight into the exciting reopening plans for 2024 and the significant community empowerment guidelines we base decisions. 

“Throughout the project, we’ve listened to feedback from the Preston community where many have suggested the remarkable Harris collection items are greatly missed during closure. The refreshed design presents an opportunity to revisit many of the treasured paintings and objects while we remain on track for achieving the ambition for Harris Your Place.”

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Incorporated into the new layout is the pre-existing mural:“The links of the chain are of equal strength”commissioned by local artist Gavin Renshaw in late 2022 in partnership with The Courtauld.

The mural commemorates the history of textile manufacturing in the Preston area, celebrating the journeys, long and short, that Courtaulds Ltd employees made, drawing attention to the diversity of the workforce that came together and continues to contribute to Preston’s rich textiles heritage.

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Melissa Smith, Senior Graphic Designer at Poppy Signs said:“It was a pleasure to design, manufacture and install the hoardings around The Harris; working to produce over 140 meters of digitally printed panels.

“It gave us the opportunity to put our latest investment through its paces – the Platinum Q3 Hybrid Flatbed Printer is a game changing press that prints up to 200 sq/m per hour, up to 3.3m width rigid or flexible media, and at the highest achievable quality.

“This allowed us to quickly meet the required deadlines and illustrate this exciting development.

“It was brilliant to be a part of the capital project and help to offer the public a great insight into how the Harris is being transformed. We look forward to visiting when back open in 2024.”

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