The Citadels Public Consultation

Closed 4 Jun 2020

Opened 14 May 2020


Find out more about the ambitious plans to improve the Historic Citadels and surrounding areas.

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.

Why your views matter

We would like to know what you think about the Citadels and area around them and the potential for their future use.

What happens next

Your views and ideas will help us shape our plans, to make sure we design a scheme that fits the needs of the development’s potential future users, as well as the objectives for the Citadels, 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.

For more information and to give your views, visit
Following the end of this consultation the next steps are to:


  • Analyse your responses and summarise in a short report.
  • Develop options for the Citadels 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.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Economic Regeneration