The Harris Quarter district is in the northern area of the city centre with a northern and eastern boundary of Ringway, western boundary of Friargate and southern boundary of Church Street.
It is home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings. These include the Grade I listed Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Preston’s most significant cultural and community asset since 1893, Preston Town Hall, the Grade II listed headquarters of Preston City Council, and the internationally acclaimed, RIBA award-winning Preston Bus Station.
Other significant sites include the historic Preston Markets, which re-opened in 2018 following a full refurbishment including a brand new Market Hall, Preston Guild Hall, and the Old Post Office building which is being converted into a new boutique, 60-bedroom hotel with a 170-cover restaurant.
In 2020, work began on Bishopgate Gardens, a conversion of Red Rose and Elizabethan House into 130 luxury apartments, incorporating on-site retail and a concierge service.
Confidence in the Harris Quarter as a place to live, learn, work, visit and invest is growing and this was buoyed in 2021 when Preston secured a £20.9m Towns Fund deal which will kickstart a bold and transformational, £200 million regeneration programme in the city’s Harris Quarter
The Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme is focused on a number of projects across culture, leisure, residential, creative workspace, public realm and education. The programme is a key element of the ambitious 15-year vision for the development and growth of the city set out in the Preston City Investment Plan (CIP).