A grade II listed 18th century building is to be restored to its former glory by a team of experts.

Suttle House is to be the centrepiece of a new development in Wigton Road, Carlisle, by Homes by Esh.

The building, which is now in a dilapidated state, is being protected against rot and damp by property preservation specialists, Peter Cox.

Peter Cox has been called in to remove dry rot and damp from the house in the latest stage in the recovery of the building, so that it can be used as a safe, liveable space.

The two-storey building will then be sold as a six bedroom house.

Suttle House has existed in some form since 1746 and was given grade II status in 1972.

It received the status due to its historic significance and architectural features.

A series of fires and a lack of maintenance has meant that the building was earmarked for demolition.

It was only after Historic England wrote a letter to Carlisle City Council airing its concerns about the plans for demolition, that the proposals were reconsidered.

Now the building will become a key part of the 29 home Suttle Gardens development.

As well as removing dry rot from the building, Peter Cox has also waterproofed the space, to limit the chances of dampness.

It is expected that the works by Peter Cox will be completed within the next couple of weeks and then work will begin on restoring the internal features of the building.

Much of the interior detail of the building is still intact.

The original panelled doors, which are framed by wooden architraves, are still a feature of the building.

The building also boasts bay windows, as well as a Tuscan porch.