Carlisle's Civic Centre heading towards 50th anniversary
Last updated at 12:08, Monday, 30 December 2013
A key Cumbrian landmark reaches its half-century in March.
The Civic Centre in Carlisle will be 50 years old, and celebrations are already being planned to mark the milestone.
It was officially opened on March 12, 1964 by the then mayor, councillor David Hamilton.
Early details about the celebrations have emerged in a report which councillors at Carlisle City Council will consider when they meet next Tuesday evening.
In her report, senior councillor Jessica Riddle, the communities and housing portfolio holder, said: “Love it or hate it there is no escaping the Civic Centre and its affect on the Carlisle skyline.
“The Civic Centre celebrates its 50th birthday on March 12, 2014.
“The programme boasted that ‘the new Civic Centre... is an attempt to produce, in modern terms, a nucleus for the civic activity of the city’.”
The recently refurbished foyer on the ground floor of the Civic Centre will host some of the celebrations from March 10 to 23.
The Civic Centre will also throw open its doors to visitors on March 12 to give the public a chance to look around areas including the distinctive octagonal council chamber and the councillors’ robing room.
Mrs Riddle has also given councillors a potted history of the Civic Centre’s creation in her report.
The design was drawn up by architects Charles B. Pearson & Partners. The firm was chosen after a national competition which attracted 200 entries.
Carlisle firm John Laing Construction built the 11-storey centre for a cost of £820,000 with materials shipped in from all over the world. They included olive wood from East Africa; Japanese silk wallpapers; Finnish lampshades and Brazilian rose wood.
There was also 37,000 sq ft of French white and Italian pink mosaic on the outside cladding, and “more electric lamps than in the whole of the city streets”, Mrs Riddle adds.
She also asks if anyone who has pictures or information which could form part of a commemorative public display to contact Jill Gillespie or Ben Renucci in the council’s customer services unit.
First published at 11:41, Monday, 30 December 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Great to look out from, awful to look at.Bit like Belah School really. Hang on. Was that not knocked down after 50 years?
To be honest Andy the city will never be flush with money. All three parties who occupy the civic centre are all in favour locally and nationally of cuts, cuts and more cuts s well as a general driving down of living standards. Unless you're a banker.
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