H&H WorkshopHarrisons moved from central Durham to their purpose-built workshop on the city boundary in 1996. It is built round a glazed courtyard which provides a source of natural light for the working areas on three sides. On the fourth side is the large building room, with more than 10 metres of available height. The workshop was specifically designed with organ building in mind and includes an overhead crane for the building room.
The firm’s extensive records, which date back to the 19th century, are available for reference in the archive room, above which a glazed corridor allows the management and visitors to observe the organ builders in action.
A memento of 124 years in the old workshop in Hawthorn Terrace is the spiral staircase which still connects the offices and the workshop
Much of the work is done by hand, but the essential machines are within easy reach. The well-equipped machine shop runs the whole length of the workshop.
The two voicing rooms are kept at a strategic distance from one another, and the noises made by the voicers filter out on to the shop floor. The metal shop, where the pipes are made, is conveniently placed between them. It has an en-suite casting room equipped with a granite casting bench.
An extension to the workshop, sited between the machine shop and the service court, was opened in 2018.