Cumbria

Carlisle Old Town Hall improvement work begins

Old Town Hall, Carlisle Image copyright Paul Walker
Image caption The project has been funded by the council and English Heritage

Work to improve a Grade I listed town hall in Cumbria is under way.

Carlisle's Old Town Hall is undergoing a £650,000 restoration to "reinforce" its role as a visitor attraction.

Repairs to the roof, walls and windows of the building were done in 2013, costing £490,200. Work has now begun to upgrade the tourist information centre.

Councillor Anne Quilter said she hoped the improvements would create "renewed interest" in the building.

The tourist information centre, which is on the first floor of the two-storey building, will be temporarily relocated to an empty shop unit on Scotch Street during the work.

The building is owned by Carlisle City Council and was built in 1717.

The work is expected to be completed by July.

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