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Re-opening of Harris Museum and Library slips to Spring 2025

Posted on - 5th October, 2023 - 12:39pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Harris Museum and Art Gallery under cover during restoration works Pic: Blog Preston
Harris Museum and Art Gallery under cover during restoration works Pic: Blog Preston

The Harris Museum and Library reopening date has been pushed back.

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The Harris Your Place project was supposed to opened in late 2024 but this has been delayed to Spring 2025 due to extra challenges being uncovered during works.

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During construction work, The Harris has revealed additional fire protection works, large-scale asbestos removal, and boiler replacements which are now necessary to preserve the Grade I listed building.

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Michael Conlon, Chairman of Conlon Construction, said: “As has often been the case in our experience with numerous heritage projects, the 130-year-old building has revealed some hidden secrets. These will require careful and sympathetic attention to ensure its preservation for future generations.

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“The final result will be remarkable, and we’re all focused on ensuring ‘The Harris’, known and loved by the people of Preston, continues to play a crucial role in the city’s future.”

While Councillor Peter Kelly, who is the Cabinet Member for Arts and Culture said that the extended opening date means that the work will be compelted to the “highest standards”.

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery under cover during restoration works Pic: Blog Preston
Harris Museum and Art Gallery under cover during restoration works Pic: Blog Preston

He said: “The Council fully supports The Harris’ decision to extend the reopening date. We recognise the importance of preserving our cultural heritage, and this extension ensures that the necessary work can be completed to the highest standards.

“We appreciate the public’s continued support and patience as we work diligently to ensure a long and ambitious future, accessible for all.”

It has been reported that despite the opening date being pushed back, the project is not set to go up in cost.

The total cost of the project is expected to cost £16.2million.

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