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Austin-Smith:Lord turns to the archives

Austin-Smith:Lord (ASL) has drawn up these designs for a building to house Cumbria County Council's archives in Carlisle.

The firm was appointed by the council to the scheme to house its archives for north-east Cumbria.

The Cumbria Archives project will also involve the restoration of Grade II*-listed Lady Gillford House, which occupies part of the current Petteril Bank site.

The repository will accommodate Carlisle Record Office's currently dispersed archives in one place, and will also have the capacity for 25 years' worth of expansion.

The scheme will also include a laboratory for the preservation and conservation of archives, classrooms, and a 'life-long learning display and exhibition space'.

In a statement, ASL said: 'The project presents the opportunity to bring archives and heritage to a typically 'hard-to-reach' community, and restore a historic landmark to help stimulate local pride and confidence in the area and act as a stimulus for social, economic and educational regeneration.'

by Max Thompson

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