St Cuthbert’s Garden Village finalists revealed

Architects were invited to design a new greenway and park that will become the centrepiece of the 10,000-home village near Carlisle.

The three finalist entries came from Gillespies, AFL Architects, and a team-up between BMD and JTP.

The proposed greenway is meant to be a visitor attraction as well as a selling point for future residents. It will connect both the garden village communities with the nearby area and countryside.

Carlisle City Council partnered with The Landscape Institute to run the competition for park ideas. Each of the three finalists has been awarded a £5,000 honorarium. The winner will be announced on 17 January 2022 and will receive £10,000. The council intends to award a contract for delivery to the winner, although there could be a delay in the contract award if landowner negotiations have not yet concluded.

The finalists’ submissions will be on display on 19 October at Carlisle Racecourse. The entries can be seen online at

Here is a short description of each finalist idea:

The Greenway Ribbon by Gillespies

The scheme includes a linear ribbon that flows throughout the park’s entire length. This unique formation will have multiple purposes, working as pavilions, seating areas, stages, walkways, play features, pedestrian crossings and more. It will be made of recycled material, according to the proposal.

St Cuthberts Competition The Weave, JTP And BMD, P Carlisle City Council

The Weave entry by JTP and BMD. Credit: via Carlisle City Council

The Weave by JTP and BMD

The Weave brings together different habitats and communities and is centred around the St Cuthbert’s Without park. The park is spread out amongst different habitats, from wet woodlands to grasslands with a sustainable travel route in between (known as The Thread) that also includes formal spaces for play and sport.

St Cuthberts Competition Monastic Gardens, AFL Architects, P Carlisle City Council

The Monastic Gardens entry by AFL Architects. Credit: Carlisle City Council

Monastic Gardens by AFL Architects

This idea focuses on crafting five different, but connected landscapes: America Meadows, Peasetree Fields, Woodpark Gardens & Commons, Durdarclose Fields and Netherton Meadows. Sections would include things like birdwatching spots, a microbrewery, vertical farms and community cafes.

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