Barrow Waterside updates the community on progress so far

Cumbria County Council, working with Barrow Borough Council, are updating the local community about the Barrow Waterside project and the progress so far (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.

Cumbria County Council has been working with their appointed contractor, Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd to clear and remediate 6 hectares of the former industrial site, which is located south of the A5087 on Salthouse Road, owned by Barrow Borough Council.

So far, the team has, relocated the slow worms and lizards from the site to a designated conservation area, blocked up a redundant entrance on Salthouse Road, demolished some of the buildings on site, removed asbestos and rubble piles, fenced the perimeter of site, protected the existing wall on Salthouse Road, and commenced removal of the industrial slag and contaminated soil.

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

Works are scheduled to be complete in June 2023.

Cumbria County Council would like to thank the community for their continued support and patience during the project. Please accept the county councils apologies for any inconvenience caused during the work.

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.

“The project is coming along nicely, and the 6-hectare section of the site is nearly ready for development for new homes to be built.

“Barrow Waterside is a popular part of town and is conveniently located near 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.

“We appreciate residents’ patience and support during this project.”

Jo Lappin, Chief Executive of the Cumbria Local Enterprise (LEP), said:

“The Cumbria LEP invested £5.5million of Getting Building Fund to prepare the site for much needed new housing to meet the needs of current and future residents.

“We are really keen that this site creates housing that is really attractive for those looking to build their career in Barrow, given the fabulous opportunities that are available.

“I very much look forward to seeing this development move forward.”

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