Barrow Waterside project progress update

Cumbria County Council, working with Barrow Borough Council, are progressing with the first phase of Barrow Waterside project (formally known as Marina Village).

In November 2021, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP), agreed to invest £5.5 million of its Getting Building Fund provided by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Housing and Local Government (MCHLG) in the scheme.

The Barrow Waterside project is one of seven innovative projects that make up #BrilliantBarrow – a programme, which last year secured an offer of £25 million of committed funding from the Government’s Towns Fund.

This important regeneration project in Barrow-in-Furness, will support the construction of 550 housing units, with phase one supporting 214 housing units.

Cumbria County Council has appointed Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd to deliver phase one of the project.  This will entail the remediation of 6 hectares of the former industrial site, which is located south of the A5087 on Salthouse Road, owned by Barrow Borough Council.

The remediation work includes relocating the slow worms and lizards from the site to a designated conservation area, blocking up of redundant entrance on Salthouse Road, demolition of buildings, asbestos removal, removal of rubble piles, fencing to perimeter of site, repair and protection of the existing wall on Salthouse Road, removal of industrial slag and soil stabilisation of contaminated soil.

Works are due for completion winter 22/23.

Cllr David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Development, said:

“We are delighted to support the Barrow Waterside Project in Barrow and work collaboratively with Barrow Borough Council and the Cumbria LEP.

“This work will make a 6-hectare section of the site ready for development for new homes to be built.

“Barrow Waterside is a popular area of the town and ideally located close to major employers, schools and colleges and sustainable transport links, which will benefit the local economy and connectivity, whilst boosting new family homes in the area.

“I would like to thank residents for their support and patience while we are working on this project.”

Jo Lappin, Chief Executive of the Cumbria LEP said

“The LEP was pleased to invest £5.5million of Getting Building Fund into Barrow Waterside to prepare the site for new housing development.

“Barrow has the potential to create significant employment opportunities over the coming years and it is important that there is a housing offer that can meet the needs of both current and future residents. The housing created on the site will help encourage more people to build their home and career in Barrow.

“We look forward to the site works being completed and new family homes being developed”. 


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