Practice set to create blueprint for Tullie House expansion

Carmody Groarke has been appointed to work up proposals for the refurbishment and expansion of Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery as part of a project to mark its 125th anniversary.

The practice, which is BD’s current architect of the year, will create a masterlan for the future of the Carlisle centre, which includes a grade I-listed Jacobean house but also features a more modern art gallery.

Supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the project will see Carmody Groarke work as part of a team with the museum operators and business planners, Counterculture.

Life drawing classes in 1901

Source: Carlisle Library

Life drawing classes in 1901

Director Kevin Carmody said the project would be focused on the museum’s next 75 years and seek to build on its longstanding reputation as the centre of Carlisle’s creative quarter.

“We are delighted to have been selected to work with Tullie House to refurbish and extend their buildings in the centre of historic Carlisle,” he said.

“The project will vastly improve Tullie House’s buildings and boost the awareness and enjoyment of arts and culture in the region.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery's upper gallery, pre 1940s

Source: Carlisle Corporation

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery’s upper gallery, pre 1940s

“We plan on celebrating the building’s architectural history and showing visitors the many layers of expansion that have taken place over the years, creating a reimagined space appropriate for displaying the organisation’s magnificent collection.”

The practice’s current projects include the new Windermere Jetty Museum, an extension of the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, a major renovation of Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, a temporary museum at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House and a new international arts venue for S1 Artspace within the Park Hill housing development in Sheffield.

Aerial view of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle

Source: Matthew Parri Thomas / Carmody Groarke

Aerial view of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle