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Rufus House, Castle Street, Carlisle, CA3

28,500 sq ft | POA

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 28,500 sq ft (2,647 sq m)
  • Use class orders: B1 Business

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Rufus House is prominently located on Castle Street in Carlisle City Centre


The premises are located on Castle Street in the heart of Carlisle City, close to Carlisle Castle and opposite Tullie House museum. Castle Street connects with English Street/Scotch Street, one of the main retail thoroughfares in the city centre including a number of high street stores such as House of Fraser, Marks & Spencers and Boots. The Lanes Shopping Centre with retailers such as Debenhams and Next, is situated close by to the east.

Castle Street is a popular commercial area with nearby occupiers including BBC Radio Cumbria, Cumberland Building Society and The Royal bank of Scotland. There are also a diverse range of restaurants and cafes.

Castle Street is located adjacent to the A595 Castle Way which provides good access north, east and west connecting to the A69/Jct 43 of the M6, the A7/Junction 44 of the M6.

Carlisle lies close to the Scottish border with excellent access to the M6 via junctions, 42, 43 and 44. Carlisle is based on the Virgin rail link between Glasgow and London Euston as well as boasting close proximity to Newcastle airport approximately one hour away along the A69. The city has a resident population of 73,000 and an estimated catchment population of 235,000, as well as being the dominant shopping location and administrative centre in the county and the borders.


Rufus House provides a five storey mid-terrace office building with pedestrian access from Castle Street and a dedicated secure car park to the rear and sides of the property. The property was constructed in the 1960s and has an attractive sandstone effect façade with a part pitched slate and part flat roof.

The premises currently provide a secure door entry system with secure counter and meeting facilities at the ground floor entrance and separate offices on each wing. There is a dedicated canteen within the basement and a mix of open plan and cellular offices at 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.

The accommodation in general is carpeted throughout, has suspended ceilings incorporating recessed fluorescent lighting and is heated via wall mounted radiators supplied from 5 No. boilers situated within the basement.

There are Male, Female and Disabled WC facilities within the core of the building and a dedicated lift to access all floors. There is a ramped entrance to the front of the property.

A private car park accessed from Castle Street provides 30 secure spaces and there is a separate lease of 7 car spaces within Fisher Street Car Park.


We understand the premises provide the following approximate net internal measurements:

Basement 342.90m2 3,691sq ft

Ground 558.90m2 6,016sq ft

1st Floor 596.50m2 6,421sq ft

2nd Floor 607.60m2 6,540sq ft

3rd Floor 544.80m2 5,864sq ft

Total 2,650.70m2 28,532sq ft


The premises are available by way of an assignment of the existing lease or alternatively on a sub-letting basis with rentals starting from £5.00 per sq ft per annum exclusive. Consideration will be given to splitting the accommodation providing offices from approximately 5,800sq ft.


All figures quoted are exclusive of VAT where applicable.


We understand from the VOA website that the premises have a Rateable Value of £170,000.

The current Uniform Business Rate (2013/2014) is 47.1 pence in the pound, which would equate to rates payable on the whole of the property of approximately £80,070 per annum. Prospective tenants or purchasers should check the exact rates payable with Carlisle City Council – Tel: 01228 817000.


An Energy Performance Certificate has been produced for the premises and a full copy is available to download from the Edwin Thompson website.


Each party is to bear their own legal costs in the preparation and settlement of the lease documentation together with any VAT thereon.


The property is available to view by prior appointment with the Carlisle office of Edwin Thompson LLP. Contact:

John Haley
Tel: 01228 548385

Or Joint Agents

Lambert Smith Hampton
Nathan Ball
Tel: 0207 198 2048


Edwin Thompson and Lambert Smith Hampton for themselves and for the Vendor of this property, whose Agents they are, give notice that:
1. The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, any offer or contract.
2. All descriptions, dimensions, plans, reference to condition and necessary conditions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their correctness.
3. No person in the employment of Edwin Thompson or Lambert Smith Hampton has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Agents, nor into any contract on behalf of the Vendor.
4. No responsibility can be accepted for loss or expense incurred in viewing the property or in any other way in the event of the property being sold or withdrawn.
5. These particulars were prepared in October 2013

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Nearest stations

  • Carlisle (0.4 mi)
  • Dalston (4.0 mi)
  • Wetheral (4.4 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Edwin Thompson, Keswick

28, St. Johns Street, Keswick, CA12 5AF

01768 200006 Local call rate

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