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Commercial Property Guide: Carlisle

Carlisle is a city in the north west of England, a merely 10 miles from Scotland, and is known as the Border city. As well as being the county town of Cumbria, it is the largest city in England in terms of area and is home to around 107,524 people.

It is also home to Carlisle Castle, which was built all the way back in 1093, under the reign of William II. The castle was involved in a number of conflicts over the centuries, particularly with the Scots, but its towering presence still remains intact to this day.

Carlisle is the cornerstone of north Cumbria, with museums such as the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and Guildhall Museum attracting many visitors each year. The University of Cumbria can also be found in Carlisle, with notable alumni including the likes of artists, Keith Tyson, Sheila Fell and Margaret Harrison.

Carlisle is a thriving economy, with 79.6% in employment and 85% economically active. A recent survey revealed that Carlisle has the happiest residents in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Prominent local industry

Prior to the 19th century, Carlisle was just a medium sized market town with roughly 4,000 inhabitants, and it was not until the Industrial Revolution that the area started to boom. The population grew exponentially by 1851 to around 25,000, and the textile industry played a pivotal role in the area's prosperity.

In 2005, Carlisle experienced severe floods, resulting in millions of pounds worth of damage to local businesses, although the city later recovered from this disaster.

Once a major rail employer, it still contains the largest rail marshalling yard in Europe, and four stations.

There’s also some remnant on its old industrial history on the town’s outskirts. Business parks and industrial starts are scattered around the city, as well as in traditionally industrial areas more centrally.

Economic and business developments

Carlisle is currently undergoing a scheme created by the council called the ‘Local Development Scheme’. It’s aimed at helping scale future economic development, mapping out future housing locations, as well as commercial properties nearby.

One of the most exciting developments is the Rickergate development. A major revitalisation in the city centre, it’s a massive retail centre hoping to boost commerce downtown.

The city centre also focuses on boosting local business through coordinated promotion. By taking part in a city council scheme, advertising campaigns, promotions, and events are broadcast through efforts that include other business and the city council, helping promote business in the area as a whole.

Notable commercial locations

Kingmoor Park is Cumbria's premier business park, and is set in over 400 acres of landscaped grounds, with more than 2 million square feet of buildings fit for warehouse, office and industrial.

The Kingstown Retail Park is just 2 miles to the north of the city centre, and has stores such as Currys, Argos Extra and Comet. Just nearby, the Kingstown Industrial Estate can be found, which has 168 different businesses.

The Lanes Shopping Centre is a popular destination for shoppers, with over 70 different retail outlets.

Nearby commuter hubs

From Carlisle Railway Station, it is easy to get to Edinburgh in just over an hour, with Glasgow Central taking just a little longer. The journey to London Euston is just under 4 hours by train, while the trip to Newcastle is around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

It is in Newcastle that you can find the closest airport, where there are numerous international and domestic flights daily. Towns such as Brampton, Longtown and Dalston are all ideally placed, making them perfect commuter towns to settle in.

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