Published date: 22 November 2021

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 5 January 2022, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services - 71000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

22 November 2021

Closing date

5 January 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

21 February 2022

Contract end date

31 December 2024

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

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This is an exciting opportunity to entirely redesign the councils 'customer experience' in an established city centre location offering a quality 'one stop' shop for customers. The new digital community learning hub will be a space where customers and visitors can experience a wide-ranging offer including:
• A library service fit for the 21st Century
• A modern learning environment where people can experience educational classes, educational drop-ins, pop up learning experiences and get the support they need to support them in every aspect of their life and in their work
• A hub for Cultural activities
• A place of historic learning - home to an established and popular local studies collection
• A place for 'immersive' experiences and events - such as 'dark skies nights', storytelling experiences
• A safe, inclusive and welcoming place to go for all - regardless of ethnicity, age, ability, gender, religion and diversity
The existing space is used by the Carlisle Library - the largest library in Cumbria - located in The Lanes Shopping Centre. The space is significant in size at 2,500 m2 and the library is the busiest in the county in terms of footfall.

The Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Architect / Interior Designer to design and manage the transformation of Carlisle Library into a Digital Community Hub.

The proposed building works may include the stripping out of the existing partitions, fixtures and fittings, mechanical and electrical plant, etc., installation of new partitions, mechanical and electrical plant, ICT infrastructure and redecoration throughout to transform the building into a Digital Community Hub.

The works must be constructed to ensure compliance with the latest version of the Building Regulations, together with all necessary planning permissions.

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About the buyer

Contact name

Hayley Samson


Cumbria House
107 - 117 Botchergate
United Kingdom


+44 1228226417