Stage 1 DEADLINE: 10th September 2021

Start with the park: St Cuthbert’s Garden Village Ideas Competition

A landscape vision for the future
Photo Credit: Stuart Walker Photography

St Cuthbert’s Garden Village is one of the largest projects of its kind nationally and the largest in the north of England. Emerging from the post-pandemic world, St Cuthbert’s provides a unique opportunity to rethink how we want to live and redefine the garden village concept for the 21st century.

Carlisle City Council in partnership with the Landscape Institute is launching a two-stage design competition to select an outstanding designer or team of designers to prepare design proposals for a multi-modal Greenway and Park to form the centrepiece of a new Garden Village located to the south of Carlisle. The Garden Village will be known as St Cuthbert’s.

This is a project rich with opportunities to explore how landscape and open space can shape the places we want to live. Following a unique ‘Start with the Park’ approach, Carlisle City Council hope to lead the way and are looking for creative designers to work with them on the delivery of innovation in green infrastructure and landscape led masterplanning.

Foreword from Carlisle City Cllr Paul Nedved

Foreword from Carlisle City Cllr Paul Nedved

“Emerging from the post-pandemic world, St Cuthbert’s provides a unique opportunity to rethink how we want to live and redefine the garden village concept for the 21st century. 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.

‘Start with the Park’ is an opportunity to create a resource that could be a visitor destination attraction in its own right and will benefit the residents of all of the Carlisle district. Establishing the ‘Greenway’ at the outset of St Cuthbert's Garden Village will create a greenspace 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 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 district 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 of Carlisle such as the railway station improvements, new university campus and business space at the Citadels and Caldew Riverside.”

Carlisle City Cllr Paul Nedved
Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing and member of the competition judging panel