The Harris Museum & Art Gallery Preston HLF Application

Our work involved supporting the client team’s first round HLF application, working closely with Purcell conservation architects.

We created a comprehensive masterplan for the building which involved the client’s vision for a fully integrated offer, inclusive of museum displays, art collections and lending library services across shared spaces.

Our interpretation framework identified a universal thematic structure that could apply to the collections and stories across the three services.

We delivered a number of workshops with the client team to extract the core strengths of the application, including strategic planning , design ideas, interpretive planning and a collections audit. The feedback and input into the process at these sessions was integral to ensuring buy-in to the scheme through the council, museum and library staff and wider project stakeholders.

We collaborated with all of the various specialist consultants on the project including architects Purcell and library designers The Design Concept to agree a holistic approach to design and joined up thinking for scheme cost considerations in the interior spaces.

The HLF round 1 stage application was successful in achieving a development grant of over £180,000 towards a £4.7m bid.