Cultural Quarter to boost town centre economy

Published Monday 23 October 2023

A planning application is being submitted this week which will enhance the Cultural Quarter at the heart of Market Harborough and help to promote the town centre to new visitors.

Designs for the Cultural Quarter
Designs for the Cultural Quarter

The Cultural Quarter includes this iconic cluster of buildings: The Old Grammar School, St Dionysius Church, the Symington Building, Harborough Library and Museum and Harborough Theatre.

To improve the identity and visibility of the quarter for visitors, roundels featuring the words ‘Cultural Quarter’ and distinctive design elements will be integrated into these venues. The windows of local businesses and nearby shops will also display stickers with further signage to follow.

This project delivers a key part of the Market Harborough Town Centre Masterplan that was approved last year after local engagement and aims to improve economic growth in the town.

Cllr Phil Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council and Cabinet lead for Culture, Leisure, Economy and Tourism, said: “This project contributes to our regeneration and growth ambitions for the Harborough district. The Cultural Quarter in Market Harborough will revitalise and reconnect people to some of the great venues the town has to offer.”

The council’s economic development team is working with the cultural sector businesses and groups to support a combined approach and delivery of a programme of cultural events and activities.