1. ITV Report

Details of £55million regeneration scheme for Whitehaven unveiled

Plans to transform the waterfront in Whitehaven have been revealed by developers.

The £55million regeneration scheme is centred on the marina and includes a hotel, office space and multi storey car park.

The so-called North Shore development is due to be completed by 2021.

The scheme is being developed by BEC, with partners including Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and Copeland Borough Council.

BEC says the key features include:

  • A 4* hotel featuring five storeys, around 100 rooms, to help realise the long held local ambitions for increased tourism on the Cumbrian coast.
  • The former Mark House site will be home to a five storey, 75,000 sq. ft. office development with ground floor mixed use space.
  • An affordable multi-storey car park on land to the west of North Shore Road, adjacent to Tesco.

A further development will see a mixed-use office and eatery geared towards start-ups and innovators.

All work will be supported by improvements to the road infrastructure, led by Cumbria County Council.

It also has the firm backing of Copeland's Mayor, Mike Starkie.

I believe the plans for the North Shore area of Whitehaven will be transformational for the town. They tick every box.

The high-quality hotel ties in with our ambitions to increase tourism and give people working in and around Whitehaven another option to stay in town, rather than staying elsewhere and travelling in.

The office development will attract employment and business to the area, in addition to increased footfall courtesy of the recreational use on the ground floor, while the multi-storey will help solve long-standing parking issues in the town."

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland