The proposed central rotunda at The Harris in Preston. Credit: via Preston City Council

Fit-out contractor wanted for Harris Museum

Preston City Council is on the hunt for an expert to help with the £13m revamp of the grade one-listed museum, gallery, and library off Market Square.

The £2m contract is set to begin on 1 October this year and conclude on 31 March 2024. The goal for the fit-out is to craft spaces that are “consistently fresh and responsible, blending architecture, collections, and activities together in light touch ways,” according to a press release.

At the Harris, the ground floor is about questions and statements that encourage visitors to think, while the first floor is about Preston and those who call the city home. The top floor will explore how Preston relates to the world at large.

Preston is conducting a two-stage tender exercise for the contractor, with the first part focused on an applicant’s preliminaries, experience, method statements, fees for pre-construction services, and overhead and profit percentages.

The preferred supplier from the first stage will be appointed to the second stage via a pre-construction services agreement.

According to procurement documents: “During the second stage of the tender, it is expected that the supplier will obtain three competitive tenders for each works package on an open book basis. The final programme and overall lump sum price for the completion of the works will be agreed”.

The deadline for those bidding for the job is 5 September.

Plans for the revamp of the Harris were approved by Preston City Council in January last year. Architectural services were provided by Buttress Architects, while Ralph Appelbaum Associates led on design and planning.

The new Harris is set to reopen in 2024.

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