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Impression of University of Cumbria's new campus at Citadels

Citadels, Carlisle
University of Cumbria Campus

Transforming the Citadels
It will revitalise the prominent Citadels buildings and adjacent site and be transformative to the character and status of Carlisle and the wider Borderlands area.


Project title: Citadels Campus, University of Cumbria

Location: Carlisle, Cumbria

Theme: Enabling infrastructure 

Project lead: University of Cumbria 

Total project value: £77 million

Funded by: UK Government

Status: In delivery
Impression of Carlisle Citadels at night
Developing a new city centre campus

£50 million from the Deal is being invested to develop a new city centre campus for the University of Cumbria. As a new home for the University of Cumbria, this will boost the vibrancy and vitality of Carlisle city centre and improve skills provision across the Borderlands, increasing access and resulting in productivity increases in the local economy.


The new campus project has been developed in partnership by Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council, and the University of Cumbria, working with Cumbria LEP as a key partner.


The award of the funding is a significant milestone and allows the University to take the next steps towards delivery of the ambitious plans for the Citadels.


Modernising a historic landmark building

Based on the site of the historic Citadels buildings, the new campus will provide publicly accessible spaces that combine local amenities, cultural and commercial uses, as well as addressing inequalities by creating highly accessible opportunities for higher education and training.


The project team is now working on detailed designs for the development and moving towards the next step of submitting the planning application.

Find out more on the Cumbria University website here.

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