Transformation of old Carlisle fire station begins

Artist's impression of the arts centre Image copyright Carlisle City Council
Image caption Council chiefs said they hoped the arts centre would be completed by 2015

Work is under way to transform an old fire station into a £1m arts centre.

Carlisle City Council is aiming to turn the building on Warwick Street into a space for galleries, workshops and entertainment.

The scheme was given the go-ahead by councillors last year and initial work has now begun.

The authority said it hoped construction would be completed by spring 2015 with the facility including a cafe, auditorium and studio space.

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