News 18.01.2012

Urban Design Group Award nomination for Carlisle's city centre

Gillespies carried out the detailed design work for the recent improvements to Castle Street adjacent to Carlisle Cathedral in Carlisle's city centre.  Now implemented by Carlisle City Council, the quality of Gillespies' designs has just been recognised with a nomination for 2012's Urban Design Group Awards.

Gillespies' role in the scheme followed our production of the Urban Design and Public Realm Strategy for Carlisle. This is the first in a series of projects to rejuvenate the city centre born out of Gillespies' Strategy, and it sets a benchmark for future public realm in the city.

Gillespies' vision, to create a pedestrian friendly environment using the highest quality local materials, innovative public art and lighting has been realised.  It creates a distinctive and memorable streetscape worthy of the area's outstanding heritage.

The scheme is one of six shortlisted in the public-sector category of the 2012 Urban Design Group Awards. Referring to the historic setting close to Carlisle Cathedral - Robert Huxford, Director of the Urban Design Group, said of the project: "It's an interesting and sensitive scheme that aims to provide a better setting for one of the jewels of Carlisle."

Client: Carlisle City Council / Carlisle Renaissance

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