Iconic Preston building is no longer on risk register

NO RISK: The Harris Institute in Avenham Lane, Preston, is no longer on the Heritage At Risk Register

NO RISK: The Harris Institute in Avenham Lane, Preston, is no longer on the Heritage At Risk Register

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An iconic Preston building has been removed from the ‘at risk’ register after improvement work was carried out.

The Harris Institute in Avenham Lane was on the Heritage At Risk Register but bosses have now confirmed it has been taken off the list following an inspection in December.

It means the building will not be included in this year’s publication of the register.

The building’s owner multi-millionaire tycoon Yousuf Bhailok said: “My educational charity, ‘Al Jameatul Islamiyah Darul Uloom’ which owns the Harris Art building, has recently spent circa £300,000, working with renowned specialist architects MIMAR, over the last two years, to restore and refurbish the building.

“When we inherited/ purchased this lovely looking building from the local university, it had been neglected somewhat and need a comprehensive scheme to bring it back to order. My love and personal interest in Preston’s history, for these type of buildings, encouraged me to buy it in public auction. It has been a labour of love and I am proud that we have preserved another of Preston’s historic buildings.”

Mr Bhailok, owns a number of other buildings which he has spent millions of pounds on to maintain and improve them.

They include the Work House, now called the Preston Business Centre, which is used by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and the former Harris Orphanages 15 acre site, in Garstang Road Fulwood, Preston.

He said: “All three of these important Preston’s heritage building / sites, are in now maintained and put in good order for the future at our own cost.”