Cumberland Infirmary

Cumberland Infirmary

Location : Carlisle

Grid Ref : NY388560


There are two firsts in the North West of Cumbria – the first NHS hospital, in Whitehaven, and the first PFI hospital, in Carlisle.



The Cumberland Infirmary, the flagship of the national PFI programme was officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, on Friday 16th June 2000.


It was the first UK PFI Hospital to be bond financed. Design and construction of the new facilities was conducted by AMEC, and took approximately 29 months. The £87 million hospital provides 444 beds for the local community. The project involved the amalgamation of three existing hospitals into a new building on the Infirmary site, and the provision of a range of services for the 45-year concession period.


Health Management (Carlisle) plc is a 50/50 dedicated joint venture concession company formed for the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle by AMEC and Interserve (Facilities Management) Ltd.


The City General Hospital, in Fusehill St, built as a workhouse to a design by Lockwood and Mawson, 1864. The site is now occupied by The University of Cumbria.



The Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road, by Robert Tattershall, 1830-2, is extremely impressive, and grand. Eleven bays with a giant tetrastyle portico of Greek Doric columns carrying a pediment. Extended in 1870 by Ferguson.

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