A new cultural hub for Maryport.
The former Carlton cinema on Senhouse Street in Maryport started life in the 1830s as a bank, before becoming a cinema and latterly a pottery business.
As part of a wider regeneration strategy for the seaside town, we have been working with Allerdale Borough Council to develop plans to transform the building into a new cultural hub.
The ground floor of the existing building will be converted to house flexible performance and event spaces. At the back of the building, rehearsal spaces and changing rooms will be created.
On the first floor, exhibition spaces, artists and crafts workshops, and a recording studio for aspiring radio presenters and podcasters will be created. At second floor, further exhibition, workshop spaces, as well as a kitchen area will be provided.
An adjacent building on Senhouse Street will also be replaced to create a new main entrance to the site as well as a café, box office and artists’ displays. Clad in a mix of matt, shiny and perforated panels, the new addition has been designed to create a contemporary landmark destination for the cultural hub, drawing in visitors from the town.
Chithra is an associate director at Buttress with more than 20 years of experience in commercial practice in both the public and private sectors.
Kimberley is an associate at Buttress who works within the practice's heritage team, specialising in projects that have a strong community emphasis.
Lucy is an enthusiastic and creative architect who specialises in projects that have a strong community emphasis.