Harris Your Place Fit-Out Invitation to Tender
We are now inviting organisations to express interest for the role of Fit-Out Contractor for the Harris Your Place project, this will be a Two Stage Traditional tender. The invitation to tender is advertised via The Chest, the North West’s Local Authority Procurement Portal. Preston City Council has produced a community-focused City Investment Plan (CIP) in which Harris Your Place is a leading project. Delivering change to the city centre, including the Harris cultural quarter, is crucial to Preston’s wider plans to deliver new opportunities for residents.
The £2million contract is a key part of realising this exciting vision for the Harris and a significant step towards re-opening.
When the new Harris opens in 2024, inventive blended displays will give access to remarkable collections. New spaces have been designed to activate curiosity, creativity and reflection and offer library services in enriched settings. Positioning the Harris as a uniquely blended venue, true to its original purpose.
Working with a range of project partners, the Harris are creating experiences that blend our fine, decorative, contemporary art and history collections with access to historic book collections and lending and reference libraries.
The fit-out works will be consistently fresh and responsive, blending architecture, collections and activities together in light touch ways. Telling the story of Preston and its connection to the world.
At the heart of the story will be the history of the Harris itself. On each floor, the central rotunda space will tell stories of the Harris across time through a variety of different lenses.
The blended approach will unfold at two levels across the Harris. At the macro level room functions, purposes and services are blended, allowing museum collections to be displayed in showcases amongst the library stock. At the micro level ‘blended hotspots’ will be located within wider displays and will feature 3–6 objects that can be updated frequently by curators or communities.
Major themes will be floor led, but permeate throughout the new building, the interpretive hierarchy will include the following core components:
On the ground floor, the story of the Harris, its building and its collections will be led by thought-provoking questions. Look out for short statements, themes and titles which work to orientate visitors and introduce the ‘zoning’ of the new spaces.
On the first floor, the Harris will tell the story of Preston and its people: their relationships, hobbies, pastimes, leisure activities and talents. Including hotspot labels voiced by both the Harris and a broad range of community groups and individuals. Read more about our updated Community Empowerment Principles in this article.
On the top floor of the Harris, displays will showcase, explore and question Preston’s place in the world, taking visitors on journeys far beyond its walls. Making connections between collections and stories through inquisitive object labels.
This innovative approach, framed by the design of spaces that place activities at their centre, will deliver unique encounters of learning, creativity, curiosity and enjoyment.
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