With less than a month to go before the deadline to design a new Greenway and Park in Carlisle’s St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, the competition organiser’s have set up a special Q&A session for prospective entrants.

Carlisle City Council, in partnership with the Landscape Institute, have launched a two-stage design competition to select an individual, or a team, to design a new Greenway and Park which will form the centrepiece of St Cuthbert’s Garden Village communities in the south of Carlisle.

An online Q&A session will be held on Wednesday 1 September at 2pm. Sign up here.

St Cuthbert’s Garden Village is one of the largest projects of its kind nationally and the largest in the north of England. The scale and location of St Cuthbert’s Garden Village (SCGV) provides a genuine opportunity to make a difference – in a well-planned and coherent way.

‘Start with the Park’ – to be based near Durdar and Blackwell – is an opportunity to create a resource that could ultimately be a visitor destination attraction in its own right and will benefit the existing and future residents of Carlisle. By establishing the ‘Greenway’ at the outset of SCGV, a greenspace will be created at the heart of the community and will be a unique selling point. It will also connect the proposed new communities with each other, with existing villages in the area, with the city, and with the surrounding countryside.

The Greenway also provides an opportunity to look at new ways of delivering cycling and walking infrastructure in Carlisle to encourage recreational and active travel. A key element of this will be ensuring that this connectivity is both within and beyond the garden village – in particular ensuring active/sustainable transport connectivity to the city centre and the transformational regeneration projects within the southern gateway area such as the railway station improvements, new university campus and business space at the Citadels and Caldew Riverside.

Cllr Paul Nedved, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing said:

“Following the unique ‘Start with the Park’ approach, we hope to lead the way and are looking for creative designers to work with us on the delivery of innovation in green infrastructure and landscape led masterplanning. We’re delighted with the response we’ve had so far. The Q&A session is an opportunity to speak direct to the Garden Village team and find out more about the Greenway proposals.”

Carlisle City Council has partnered with The Landscape Institute to deliver the competition, and United Utilities as main sponsors, which launched on Monday 12 July 2021. The competition is open to both professionals and students across a range of disciplines. The deadline for stage one entries is Tuesday 10 September 2021.

The professional competition will follow a two-stage process. Each of the three entrants selected to progress to stage 2 of the competition will be awarded an honorarium of £5,000. The overall winner of stage 2 will receive £10,000. It is the intention to award a contract for the delivery of the winning scheme.  However, whilst landowner negotiations are well underway with positive conversations taking place, should these not be concluded at the time of the competition outcome, there will be a delay to the award of contract.

The student competition will be single stage. The focus of the student competition will be around the question: If St Cuthbert’s is to ‘start with the park’, how would you design the park to ensure that it is the heart of the garden village?’

The student entries will be divided into:

  • students of landscape architecture at undergraduate or graduate level
  • other undergraduate/post graduate courses.

There will be two winners selected, one from each category, who will be awarded a prize of £1,500. There will also be two runner ups for each category selected with a prize award of £500 each.

The information about the competition is available at https://competitions.landscapeinstitute.org/st-cuthberts/

The Greenway, ‘Start with a Park’ project is identified in the Carlisle Town Deal Investment Plan, alongside six other schemes. Carlisle submitted the Investment Plan to government in October 2020 and received a Heads of Terms offer for £19.7 million of investment for the city in March 2021.


Towns Fund – Town Deals

On 27 July 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. See further details of the announcement.

A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision.

Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding last year for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19. View a list of accelerated funding by place (PDF, 266 KB, 11 pages).


St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, Carlisle

  • The adopted Carlisle District Local Plan 2015 – 2030 identified Carlisle South as a broad location for growth of a major mixed-use development, providing up to 10,000 new homes, to the south of the city.
  • Now known as St Cuthbert’s, it secured Garden Village status in January 2017 and is the largest of the Garden Villages in the north. With funding from Homes England, the planned completion of the Carlisle Southern Link Road in 2024 will be critical to unlocking St Cuthbert’s full potential.
  • Carlisle City Council has worked extensively with local communities, key stakeholders and the extensive range of private landowners for over three years to develop and finalise the Masterplanning Framework (October 2020) and in April 2021, they adopted the Strategic Design Supplementary Planning Document. In part, this will guide early applications ahead of the Local Plan’s adoption. Preparation of a separate Local Plan to guide the first development phase is now underway.
  • St Cuthbert’s will meet the need for sustainable housing growth over the next 30 years, making Carlisle the place of choice for those wishing to feel the benefits of living in the countryside with the convenience, connectivity and opportunities of a major city.
  • Carlisle City Council wants to ensure that Carlisle grows in a way that creates quality homes and is properly planned across the coming decades. Therefore, the ambition is that St Cuthbert’s will be a very high-quality new settlement, delivering a significant number of new homes and job opportunities, all within a superb landscape and environment that will transform Carlisle. As a World Health Organisation ‘Healthy City’, they intend to deliver a garden village that Starts with the Park’ where the delivery and long term stewardship of the green and blue infrastructure will encourage a new healthier way of living, enhancing the health and well-being of both future residents of St Cuthbert’s and the existing population of Carlisle. www.stcuthbertsgv.co.uk

United Utilities

United Utilities is responsible for water and wastewater services in the North West of England, and as part of this service, delivers 1.8 billion litres of water to more than 3 million homes and businesses. Their purpose is to provide great water and more for the North West; driving them to deliver their services in an environmentally-sustainable, economically beneficial and socially responsible manner. Providing more means creating value for our stakeholders and understanding what matters to them through strong and constructive relationships. https://www.unitedutilities.com/


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