September 22nd, 2009, NW Evening Mail
Work on a multi-million pound facelift of Barrow town centre commenced yesterday.
The scheme, costing around £4.13 million is being funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) via Barrow Regeneration (formerly Barrow Vision) to the tune of around £3.7 million, with Cumbria County Council contributing £252,000 and Barrow Borough Council £160,000.
The project, which is being divided into seven phases and is set to be completed by September 2010, will see Dalton Road, Portland Walk, Cavendish Street, Scott Street, Dalkeith Street and William Street all revamped.
The scheme will feature the building of natural sandstone pavements with new street furniture, red granite bollards and benches, stainless steel bollards, lamp columns and litter bins.
New drainage and road gullies are also being installed as well as street lights and LED lighting ducts that will illuminate granite bollards, seats and tree pits.
The construction of new sandstone carriageways will also be carried out and Cavendish Street, Scott Street and Dalkeith Street will get a new road surface and road markings.
Cumbria County Council has overall responsibility for delivering the scheme and is working in partnership with Barrow Borough Council, Amey – who are carrying out the works, Capita Symonds – who have designed the scheme, and Barrow Regeneration – who have provided funding via the NWDA.
Councillor Tony Markley, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for highways and economic development, said:
Bob Pointing, Programme Director for Barrow Regeneration, said ‘As Barrow gears up to become a major business and tourism destination in the North West, it is vital we have an attractive town centre which not only makes local people proud, but changes the perception of Barrow among inward investors and visitors alike. This £4m scheme is a major statement of faith in the future of the town from all the partners involved. Along with The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness development, which is being led by Barrow Regeneration, we are all committed to delivering a bold new image of Barrow which brings a fresh sparkle to this fiercely proud and important town.’
To ensure any disruption to businesses and shoppers is kept to a minimum work will be suspended from November 30 until January 4 2010 – the main Christmas shopping period.