West Cumbria is full of historic towns and our current plans for regenerating them will enable Allerdale to thrive. We are passionate about ensuring our towns service their residents, welcome visitors and let businesses grow.
Maryport Regeneration Plan
Our dedicated Maryport team have put together some amazing plans for the regeneration of this hidden coastal gem.
We have applied for both the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and Future Highstreets Fund which required detailed bid applications. Thanks to the hard work of many of our teams, we were awarded £1.2 million from our HAZ bid and our initial Future Highstreets bid has been accepted and we were awarded £11.5m from the government in May 2021.
Check out what we plan to do with our funding. To see the full plan, please click here
Public Realm – Connecting the route from Maryport Railway Station through the high street to the harbour and promenade is a key focus for the public realm proposals. Key pedestrian junctions along Curzon Street are reviewed as part of the overall scheme as well as the parking strategy and requirements for the town centre. Connecting these spaces along the high street by using a cohesive visual style which is easily identifiable to Maryport is a key aspiration for the project.
Vacant units / residential conversions – The vision looks to address the number of vacant units especially at first floor level within the town centre. A repurpose grant fund is proposed, which works with local building owners to upgrade their first floor accommodation into high quality office or residential units. The aim is to draw new users to Maryport while increasing footfall and demand along the high street.
Empire Yard – Previous public consultation has identified a local aspiration for a market, and space to hold Maryport events. Empire Yard creates the space for these activities to take place, both during the day and at night. Alongside a flexible covered space which can be adapted to house a market, community cinema screening and small music events, it is surrounded by a number of commercial units of various sizes. These are typically focused on food and beverage units but can accommodate both start-up businesses and more established businesses.
The Carlton – A landmark property along the high street, it has been vacant for a number of years. Bringing this property back into active use is key to the vision for Maryport. The proposal relocates the theatre space from the Wave to The Carlton with the aspiration to drive more evening economy along Senhouse Street. It also houses accommodation for shared working and small private rentable workshops and or offices. Unlike the event space formed within Empire Yard which is focused on food and drink the rentable space and ground floor event space is focused toward the arts and crafts movement in support of the work by local artists and the Settlement. Demolition of the neighbouring property is proposed to form level access, a courtyard and new build to accommodate further theatre and event space requirements.
Christ Church – A landmark and well-loved property within Maryport, Christ Church has been vacant for some time. The proposal looks to bring this building back into public use by converting the church into a museum and gallery space. The proposal includes the introduction of a mezzanine floor to increase floor area and a viewing platform over the Solway Coast.
The Wave – A relatively modern building, The Wave is an underperforming leisure facility within the town. The proposal reconfigures the wave and removes the performance space which is then relocated to The Carlton. It introduces a new swimming pool in it’s place. Aspirations for a swimming pool have been widely voiced by the residents of Maryport and the proposal for The Wave looks to build on the existing infrastructure to bring this offer back to the town.
Workington Town Deal
Workington is to receive a £23 million investment from the Government’s Towns Fund which will help complete a number of transformational projects for the community.
The bid, formally known as the Town Investment Plan (TIP), was developed by the Workington Town Deal board, a mix of public, private and voluntary sector partners, with Allerdale Borough Council the lead authority. We are now working with Government to finalise the plans.
The proposed projects gained strong support from the public and partner organisations during a public consultation exercise.
The projects in the Workington TIP are:
- sports village
- an innovation centre and co-working space
- improving the town centre’s public spaces and connectivity
- developing a logistics and clean energy hub at the Port of Workington
- developing a digital skills programme
Workington £750k investment programme
Funding of £750,000 was awarded to Workington in 2020/21 to support a range of improvement projects in the town.
The money, part of a Government pledge to aid economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, came from accelerated funding through the Government’s Towns Fund
The funding was allocated to:
- create a dedicated cycleway through the underpass between Central Way and the Brow Top car park, improve lighting and introduce Workington-themed artwork to the walls of the underpass to make it more attractive for users.
- make public realm improvements to the Cloffocks area near Workington Leisure Centre by creating an outdoor events and activity area. This includes new pathways for walking and jogging, a new paved area to create a suitable space for a mobile big screen for public viewing of major events and high-quality outdoor gym equipment.
- support the proposed demolition and redevelopment of the former Opera House site in the town centre.
A project to carry out significant repairs and consolidation works on the Grade-I listed Workington Hall has been completed.
The works – which focused on repairs to the East Chapel – have been carried out by contractors Historic Property Restoration Ltd and Mosedale Gillatt Architects on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council. The project has been made possible thanks to a grant of up to £150,000 from Historic England along with £50,000 from the council’s own funds.
The property was the ancestral home of the Curwen family and has origins dating back to 1380. It is currently on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register and while the latest project will make the building’s future more secure, there is still a sizeable amount of work needed to be in a position to remove its ‘at risk’ status.
To help take that work forward the council has set up the Workington Hall and Parkland Steering Group which brings together county, district and town councillors, the local MP, and representatives of Workington Heritage Group and Workington Nature Partnership. The group will provide strategic direction and community engagement for all activity in relation to the hall and its parklands.
Since 2013 the council has carried out three previous stages of work to the hall as part of its efforts to secure the building’s future.
Workington events programme
Allerdale Borough Council is working with the private sector and Workington Town Council to develop a programme of events for 2021/22. The programme will support the retail sector in West Cumbria’s primary retail town. The aim is to put on events and activities that attract more footfall to the town centre, to increase customer’s’ dwell time and encourage more retail spending in Washington Square, Finkle Street, Pow Street and Oxford Street.