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Local firms begin work on Old Town Hall

The second stage of work has started on Carlisle's Old Town Hall Credit: ITV Border

Local firms have begun phase two of the reconstruction work to Carlisle's Old Town Hall.

The construction company Cubby Construction and architects Johnston and Wright are working together to complete the improvements to the Grade I listed building.

The City Council owns and manages the historic building and is financing the £650,000 project.

The ground floor of the building is let to local businesses and will remain open during the construction period.

However Carlisle’s Tourist Information Centre, normally found on the building's first floor, will be temporarily relocated to 40 Scotch Street.

Replacement brickwork completed in the first phase of construction Credit: ITV Border

The first phase of restoration work included roof repairs, works to the external walls, refurbishment and replacement of some windows, internal works to the tourist information centre and new carpets and decoration.

It was completed in 2013.

The second phase, which will include a comprehensive upgrade of the Tourist Information Centre, is due to be completed by July 2015.

“The second phase of works will continue with our programme to restore and repair one of our key historic buildings.

"The improvements will reinforce its role as a visitor attraction and destination.

"We hope it will create renewed interest in the building and encourage additional visitors, including local residents."

– Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Young People

Carlisle's Old Town Hall turns into cake!

The Old Town Hall in Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

An edible model of Carlisle's Old Town Hall is going to be preserved, rather than eaten.

It took Lisa Wheatcroft and two friends four days to make the chocolate cake, which closely resembles the real thing.

The chocolate cake replicates Carlisle's Old Town Hall Credit: ITV News Border

The sumptuous cake, which is filled vanilla and butter cream, was originally made to be eaten but tourism officials liked it so much they want to put it on permanent display.

Not even the post box was left out of this cake Credit: ITV News Border

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Full report: Major repair works completed at Carlisle's Old Town Hall

Major repair works to one of Carlisle's most famous buildings are complete.

The restoration project at the Old Town Hall cost £500,000 and has taken more than six months.

Carlisle City Council say the work on the 300 year old building, which houses shops and the tourist information centre, was essential to bring in more visitors to the area.

Hannah McNulty reports:

Town Hall is "gateway to the city centre"

Major repair works to one of Carlisle's most famous buildings have been completed

The Old Town Hall in the city centre is more than 300 years old and £500,000 has been spent on the roof and structure of the building.

The Tourist Information Office has now moved back in.

The newly appointed Leader of Carlisle City Council, Colin Glover, says it was worth spending the money to try to boost to tourism:

First phase of Old Town Hall restoration complete

The Old Town Hall entrance Credit: ITV News Border

The first phase of restoration works at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle have been completed.

Major repair works began in January and the building, which is one of the oldest in Carlisle, is now fully water tight and structurally safe.

The Old Town Hall in Carlisle City centre Credit: ITV News Border

The building is owned by the City Council, who alongside English Heritage, have invested almost £500,000 into the improvement scheme.

The first phase of restoration work included roof repairs, works to the external walls, refurbishment and replacement fo some windows, internal works to the tourist information centre and new carpets and decoration.

Some of the replacement brickwork Credit: ITV News Border

History in the rafters

A unique piece of Carlisle's history was accidentally discovered by a scaffolder during essential maintenance of the City's Old Town Hall.

A legal document dating back to 1669 fell out of the rafters during the renovation.

It appears to show a list of debtors in the City.

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Half a million pound refurbishment

Half a million pounds will be spent on repairing and improving the Old Town Hall in the middle of Carlisle. Significant improvement works will take place on the Grade 1 listed building between January and June next year.

The majority of the cost is being met by the City Council, which owns the building, with some support from English Heritage. Major works will take place both in and outside the building, which currently houses private businesses and a Tourist Information centre.