Our key projects are listed below. They are funded by Growth Deals from central Government, and help to deliver our Strategic Economic Plan.
In January 2017 Cumbria was awarded £12.7 million in Growth Deal 3 funding.
This funding comes on top of the £47.7m already secured in previous Growth Deal rounds, which could see 4,000 jobs created, 3,000 homes built and attract £100 million extra investment over the next 5 years.
The investment programmes that will be funded out of Growth Deal 3 are :
Lillyhall North – £5,000,000 to develop the employment site, create and safeguard jobs and provide new workspace
Whitehaven Town Centre – £4,500,000 investment for commercial office development
Carlisle Station Gateway and the Citadels – £1,000,000 investment for commercial development
Skills Capital 2 – £1,160,000 to deliver Cumbria Skills Implementation Plan projects and support Area-Based Review process
Growing Our Potential 2 – £1,000,000 for grants to help small business
Growth Deals 1 & 2
In July 2014, the Cumbria LEP was awarded £26.8 million from the Local Growth Fund over the period 2015-2021; in January 2015 a further £20.9 million of funding was awarded between 2016 and 2021.
This funding will deliver:
An Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre at Furness College to equip Cumbrians with the skills to take up the expanding opportunities at BAE and within the supply chain for major manufacturers.
A package of sustainable transport measures to optimise connectivity within Cumbria, particularly around key visitor arrival points and visitor attractions around Windermere and Grasmere.
The remediation and improvement of the Barrow Waterfront site, enabling growth in this key centre of manufacturing.
Transport improvements in and around Kendal facilitating housing development and business growth.
Junction improvements to increase capacity in South Ulverston to support the expansion of GlaxoSmithKline and housing development.
Supporting the creation of the Nuclear Technology Innovation Gateway, an innovation and support centre for the nuclear industry bringing together the National Nuclear Laboratory, research activities from the University of Manchester and other facilities.
Access improvements to the Durranhill Industrial Estate to enable business expansion and the revitalising of this enterprise asset.
Barrow Waterfront Enterprise Zone. The project involves the improvement of the only large employment site available in Barrow, which will accommodate supply chain firms alongside a major new BAE logistics facility.
Connecting Cumbria – Phase 2 of Connecting Cumbria will extend availability of Superfast Broadband to an additional 5,000 premises over and above the approximately 111,000 covered by Phase 1. Phase 2 will extend coverage to approximately 95%, meaning it will be dealing with more isolated rural areas and will have a more complex technical nature.
Port of Workington Access & Infrastructure. The project will future-proof the Port, in the first instance by delivering better road and rail links to the port and employment land to the north, and by progressing core Port infrastructure works.
Carlisle College: Advanced Manufacturing Centre. The AMC will deliver an employer-led curriculum at all levels to the engineering, manufacturing, and processing sectors.