The Citadels Consultation

The Citadels are a major gateway into the city and are a key part of the history and identity of Carlisle.

As part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, £50 million of funding has been allocated for the second phase of work to bring new purpose to The Citadels.  

Plans are in place to transform the Citadels Buildings and the adjacent site to become a new home for the University of Cumbria.

This site can, potentially, be transformative to the character and status of Carlisle and the wider Borderlands area.

We have been consulting stakeholders on what they think about the Citadels and area around them and the potential for their future use.

The project is being developed jointly by Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council and the University of Cumbria working with Cumbria LEP as a key partner.

This second public consultation will run between 20 November and 11 December 2020. We would like to hear your views ad ideas to help us shape our plans on the following:

  • What are your views on the project vision and objectives?
  • Do you support the facilities and activities the emerging scheme is offering?
  • What are your views about the proposed design principles for the site?
  • How do you think this project could support the future vitality and attractiveness of Carlisle?

The Citadels public consultation document (PDF 2MB)

To have your say, please complete the short survey

Members of the public are also able to speak to representatives of the Citadels Project Team to find out more about the proposed plans for the Citadels and surrounding area and ask any questions they may have.

Please join on to the free online video call on 10 December between 4pm and 5.30pm.

    The Citadels have been identified as a strategic project within the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

    The project consists of three phases:

    • Phase 1 Carlisle Railway Station. 
    • Phase 2 The Citadels buildings.
    • Phase 3 Caldew Riverside.

    This consultation relates to The Citadels but links in with the other parts of the wider project.


    The first public consultation ran between 18 September to 9 October 2019 and focused on four key areas with different issues and opportunities: 

    • Court Square
    • Station Entry and Interior
    • Car Park and Access
    • Junction and Route Improvements

    Download - Carlisle Carlisle Station and Citadels Consultation (PDF 914KB).

    A second consultation took place between Friday 24 January and Friday 14 February 2020. Read the consultation document - Carlisle Carlisle Station and Citadels Consultation (PDF 7MB).

    Carlisle Station Gateway consultation

    Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council held a consultation period between Wednesday 18 September and Wednesday 9 October 2019. 

    This included public events at Carlisle Railway Station and the Lanes Shopping Centre.  

    The consultation process informed the public of our objectives for Carlisle Railway Station and  invited them to review the key issues and opportunities identified at the station.

    Full feedback summary (PDF 1MB)

    Full feedback summary from the second consultation (PDF 2MB) which took place between Friday 24 January and Friday 14 February 2020.

    Citadels consultation

    Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council held a consultation period between Thursday 14 May and Thursday 4 June 2020. 

    Whilst the restrictions around non-essential travel and social distancing due to COVID-19 meant that there could be no traditional face to face consultation sessions, people could instead read the suggested plans and have their say online.

    The Citadels Carilsle, public consultation event and outcomes statement (PDF 1.7MB)

    Your views and ideas on our two design options are important to help us shape our plans and assist us in the selection of a preferred scheme design that fits the needs of the station's neighbours and customers, the city of Carlisle and the wider Borderlands area.

    We would like to understand more about what you consider to be the best features of the Citadels and the area surrounding them and what you would change.

    The results of this formal consultation will be published on here, where you can also sign-up for email updates.

    The next steps following the end of this consultation will be to:

    • Analyse your responses and summarise in a short report.
    • Develop a preferred design option to improve the station in response to what you tell us in this consultation.
    • Come back to you with designs as part of the formal public consultation on the scheme.
    • Fine-tune and finalise the scheme following your feedback.
    • Prepare an Outline Business Case to submit for Government approval.