Doors Opening At Newcastle Building Society's New Carlisle Branch Release Date: 13 November The new Carlisle branch of the North East's biggest building society is set to open its doors to the public next week. Newcastle Building Society has created a new open plan branch at 65 English Street, just a short distance from its existing Carlisle office on the same street, as part of a continuing multi-million pound investment programme across the whole of its branch network. As well as creating a modern space with all the facilities that customers would expect, the Society has maintained the key existing features of its new Carlisle home, including its grand staircase, stained glass window and feature ceiling. The six-strong Carlisle team will be welcoming customers into their new home from 9am on Monday 19 November, while a Christmas-themed official opening event will be taking place on 6 December. The new 2,000 sq ft branch will provide customers with better access to services, information and advice, as well as improved meeting spaces in which they can discuss all aspects of personal financial planning. A community area also forms part of the design, and provides a free space in which local people, groups and good causes can share information about events and activities that are happening in the local area. The existing English Street branch will close at 1pm on Friday 16 November. Stuart Miller, customer director of Newcastle Building Society, said: “Our branch investment programme is designed to ensure our customers have access to the high quality services and facilities that they expect from a modern financial institution. "We secured a fantastic space in which to make our new Carlisle home, and our project teams have done a brilliant job in creating the modern, open plan environment we wanted while also maintaining the building's historic character and features. "At a time when many financial institutions are closing branches in towns and cities across the region, we are fully committed to maintaining and enhancing a modern branch network that sits right at the heart of both our operations and our communities. "Our Carlisle branch team are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new into the new branch, and we're certain everyone will be impressed by what they see."