A view from the south-east of Carlisle Civic Centre during construction, showing the 11-storey office block in the background

28 Sep 1962
Civic Centre, Rickergate, Carlisle, Cumbria
Photograph (Negative)
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The contract for the first phase of Carlisle's Civic Centre was awarded to John Laing and Son Ltd. The scheme included an octagonal council chamber on stilts, linked to a two-storey civic suite and an 11-storey block of offices. 'Storiform' formwork was used to construct the 11-storey block, which consisted of a reinforced concrete frame with mosaic cladding and precast exposed aggregate panels. The building which was designed by architects Charles B Pearson and Son of Manchester replaced the town hall and various local government departments scattered around the city of Carlisle.

This image was catalogued as part of the Breaking New Ground Project in partnership with the John Laing Charitable Trust in 2019-20.


This is part of the Series: JLP01/08 John Laing Photographic Collection Black and White Negatives; within the Collection: JLP01 John Laing Photographic Collection


© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection


Mid 20th Century Civic Centre, Construction