The North West of England's Newest Waterfront Development


Friday 3th November 2006
£120 million waterfront marina village for Barrow docklands

Barrow Borough Council has announced that it will soon be inviting major developers to put forward proposals for a £120 million marina village in the town’s dockland waterfront area.

In a business briefing attended by around 220 business leaders in Barrow in Furness, Steve Warbrick, Head of Regeneration at Barrow Borough Council, described how plans for The Waterfront Marina Village - a dockside development which will be accompanied by an adjacent 60 acre new business park - will transform the south Cumbrian town.

The 30-acre Marina Village will include 600 housing units, a 350 berth marina, a hotel, restaurants, retail outlets, a running track with sports facilities and a water sports centre.

It is expected developer consortium will be formed to bid for and deliver the project, headed by a lead developer with expertise of delivering major marina infrastructure works, which is central to the development.

It is anticipated that the invitations to tender will be officially launched in January 2007, and expressions of interests with pre-qualification questionnaires are expected to be returned by April 2007. A shortlist of four to five developers, who must be able stipulate details of the mix of hotel and marina operators at this stage, will be decided in around May 2007 and appraisals are due to be carried out in September 2007. The lead developer is expected to be appointed around the end of 2007.

A high priority when considering the list will be the ability for the main developer consortium to work with the local supply chain.

Work is expected to begin on the marina and marina boat access late in 2008 and be completed by summer 2009. Construction of the marina village is due to commence in late 2009 or early 2010 and be complete by December 2020.

The Marina Village is the housing and leisure element of The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness, a 400-acre dock-side development which will also include cruise ship facilities and a 60 acre business park. Work has already begun on the £20 million, 60-acre Waterfront Business Park. Cumbria County Council are acting as the client, on behalf of West Lakes Renaissance, for the business park for which Alfred McAlpine have been appointed as contractor for the works.

A landmark foot and cycle bridge will link the business park on one side of the docks to the marina and housing complex on the other.

The land for The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness development has been acquired from Associated British Ports by Cumbria County Council. A Parliamentary Harbour Revision Order, necessary to create the marina and overland boat lift, is expected to be in place by October 2007.

Funding for the development will be a combination of public and private investment, with £68 million coming from public funds.

The project has also been given a boost with a pledge of £9 million being earmarked for investment into housing in Furness and West Cumbria in an announcement by Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government.

About The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness

The Marina Village, waterfront development and the regeneration plan for Barrow in Furness are being delivered by urban regeneration organisation West Lakes Renaissance in partnership Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, the North West Regional Development Agency, Associated British Ports and regional development agency Furness Enterprise. It is part of an overall £165 million regeneration of the town, which currently has a population of around 72,000, aimed at attracting new residents and halting the decline in the numbers of young people as well as creating new employment and improving the environment. Planning consultants Gillespies were commissioned in 2005 to develop the details of the marina area.

About West Lakes Renaissance

West Lakes Renaissance is an urban regeneration company (URC) set up by Cumbria County Council, Barrow, Allerdale, and Copeland Borough Councils, and the North West Development Agency (NWDA). The mission of WLR is defined as "Renewing the economy of Furness and West Cumbria through the co-ordinated delivery of infrastructure, new skills and sustainable communities"

About Furness Enterprise

Furness Enterprise, a company limited by guarantee, is the development agency leading the marketing of The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness business park, which is expected to create up to 1500 jobs. The agency also provides business support to companies of all sizes, including inward investors, in the Furness area of Cumbria. The agency administers a number of discretionary grant schemes designed to support business growth and job creation.

For more information on The Waterfront Barrow in Furness please contact Dennis Laird at West Lakes Renaissance on 01229 840245, or e-mail

For further press information please contact Juliet Shaw at Juliet Shaw Media on 0161 265 0346 or e-mail

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