Barrow waterfront

West Lakes URC reports solid year progressing key sites

West Lakes Renaissance, the urban regeneration company for Furness and West Cumbria, today said it spent £29m in the past financial year progressing schemes including The Waterfront in Barrow-in-Furness.

In total £10.5m was spent on The Waterfront, where work started on Ramsden Business Park and the 650-home Marina Village was marketed to developers.

Other significant projects funded during the period include:

  • Start on site at Energus, formerly the Nuclear Academy
  • New factory for the Cumberland Pencil Company at Lillyhall Business Park
  • Upgrade of The Beacon tourist attraction in Whitehaven
  • New community resource centre for Egremont
  • Preparatory work for the Workington Transport Interchange and the former BIP Factory at Maryport.
  • Improvements to the Port of Workington, Maryport Marina and Harrington Harbour

Of the total £29.2m invested; £20.7m came from the North West Development Agency; £3m from the European Regional Development Fund and £5.5m the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) under the Housing Market Renewal programme.

Bob Pointing, chief executive of West Lakes Renaissance, said: "It has been yet another busy and exciting year for West Lakes Renaissance. Most significant is that people are starting to see results on the ground – with work starting on The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness after years of preparation and planning; and work also starting on the training and skills facility Energus, a pivotal part of the Britain's Energy CoastTM vision."

West Lakes Renaissance was established in 2003 to coordinate regeneration across an 80-mile patch stretching from Morecambe Bay in the south to Solway Firth in the north – the largest and most complex patch covered by any of the other 21 urban regeneration companies currently in existence.

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