Hardwicke Circus Subways Improvement

This year when riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats raising money for The Outward Bound Trust, Dulux will also be carrying out Let’s Colour projects to improve the local communities that we pass through.  Here’s one example from last year:

On Tuesday 11th June, the Dulux riders cycled through Hardwicke Circus to present a plaque to commemorate the occasion and celebrated with local volunteers on their colourful transformation achievement. Sourced by Groundwork UK and designed by illustrator Rosemary Cunningham, and Paul and Lydia Leith following a local competition hosted by Carlisle City Council, the vibrant designs showcase Carlisle’s heritage and landscapes.

500 litres have been dedicated to transforming Hardwicke Circus Subways from a worn, neglected and graffiti-covered pathway into a brighter, vibrant entrance to the park for the local residents to feel proud of.


Local youth groups and volunteers came together to bring the designs to life to regenerate the worn and tired popular pathway, which is used by the community and visitors to the city to access the park, the Sands Centre and city centre shops.


The team of over 100 Let’s Colour riders, made up of Dulux employees and customers, cycled 960 miles over nine days starting in John O’Groats on 8th June before completing their momentous cycle challenge at Land’s End on 16th June to raise up to £250,000 for The Outward Bound Trust charity.

Hardwicke Circus Subways was chosen by the Let’s Colour Project noting the positive impact it would have on the daily lives of 100,000 people in the surrounding area. Dulux Decorator Centre in Denton Holme, Carlisle donated 500 litres required to complete the colourful transformation.

Stella Kent, Groundwork North East & Cumbria, said:
“I have absolutely loved helping to deliver this Let’s Colour project to transform the faded old murals on two of Carlisle’s busiest pedestrian subways. We owe a massive thanks to Dulux for providing us with around 500 litres of paint to deliver this colour transformation. The team at the Carlisle Dulux Decorator Centre were absolutely brilliant with their help and support – nothing was too much trouble for them. Volunteers really pulled together to help paint the new murals in challenging weather conditions and the compliments and positive comments we received from passersby made me feel so proud to be involved”