The Waterfront Business Park


Barrow Waterfront Is the place for your company to be based at from the start of the 2020s.

It offers a Waterfront Business Park location from which to:

  • service local, regional, UK and global markets from an area that is within a wider advanced manufacturing innovation district;
  • live in waterside Maritime Apartments or homes in a new marina village;
  • access a wide range of business services located in adjacent Barrow town centre;
  • enjoy water sports whether in the sheltered  popular anchorage off the slipway of Walney Channel or at Cavendish Dock;
  • access highly skilled people to drive productivity and prosperity of your business;
  • develop strong supply chain networks;
  • capitalise on the 204ha Energy Opportunities Area, able to service offshore East .Irish sea energy projects or accommodate large energy users. The land is east of Cavendish Dock.


Waterfront Business Park, Barrow-in-Furness and the adjacent Port of Barrow are situated on the coast of NW England around 107 miles NW of Manchester international Airport.This airport serves more destinations than any other airport north of London.

The port is a “gateway” to the extensive offshore oil, gas, wind farm, tidal power generation, Carbon Capture,Storage and hydrogen resources located in future depleted  East Irish Sea and off the coast of the Isle of Man that are expected to experience new investment in the 2020s and 2030s.

Below is an aerial image viewing westwards across Plot 2 (larger to the right) with Plots 3 and 4 in the foreground alongside ABP owned Anchor Basin North Quay.

In September 2017 the Barrow area was identified as the “fastest growing coastal community” by the Social Market Foundation with 127.3%. growth in GVA per capita between 1997 and 2015. SMF’s report(“Living on the edge,” http://www.smf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Living-on-the-edge.pdf, Social Market Foundation,4 September 2017). added that Barrow-in-Furness was the “third fastest growing local authority in Great Britain over this time period“. 

The Waterfront Business Park provides a unique offer for growing companies which need a global or UK operating base in the Northern Powerhouse region.

The coastal location has much to offer expanding companies –

  • a world class skills-base,
  • supply chain operations,
  • good road access using the A590 to reach the M6 national motorway network at junction 36 and
  • frequent trains to Manchester, Preston, Lancaster the Midlands and London.


Cumbria County Council in partnership with the Homes England, using Cumbria LEP Growth Deal and ERDF funds are delivering this strategic new Waterfront Business Park site.Its development has been supported since 2006 by the former Northwest Development Regional Agency and by European Regional Development Funds.More recently it has received Cumbria LEP Growth Deal Funding and funds from the European Regional Development  2014-2020 Programme.

the business Park offers expanding companies serviced plots range from 0. 66 hectares upwards to 4.66 hectares. These can be acquired from the County Council.

David Wiggins MRICS, Estates and Investment Manager, is the County Council’s Surveyor managing sale of plots. His contact details are:  T:01229 221 792    Email: david.wiggins@cumbria .gov.uk 

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council, is building 16,084ft2  of new managed business centre office spaces on Plot 1 of the Business Park. Harding Rise House is a prestigious “gateway” development that is being funded using an ERDF grant alongside the Council’s capital funds. Completion is scheduled for January 2020.

You can now reserve your space there by opening discussions with  David Joyce, the Council”s  Estates Manager, Tel:01229 876 362  EMail: djjoyce@barrowbc.gov.uk.

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council is leading on delivery of Marina Village new housing area bordering Cavendish Dock, it is intended to deliver between 450 and 600 new homes.


Developments to date include:

  • nearly 300,000ft2 of logistics centre space on Phase 1, in use by BAE SYSTEMS Maritime Submarines Ltd
  • a 16,084ft2  waterfront gateway managed business centre, currently called Harding Rise, under construction, offering up to 28 office suites on phase 2’s first plot. It will be ready for companies to lease space from January 2020.This new building is receiving funds from a European Regional Development Funded “Waterfront Gateway Managed Business Centre Project” grant awarded, under Investment Priority 3C, to Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council.
  • a series of offshore wind farm support bases that were built between 2006 and 2018 by Orsted and Vattenfall on adjacent Associated British Ports owned land. 

The wider port area is already home to over 40 companies including a cluster of  marine services and dredging companies, aggregates and logistics facilities, diving, underwater remotely operated vehicles, stevedoring, warehousing and security operators. You can see their logos here.


The East Irish Sea has huge energy resources potentially serviceable from Barrow Waterfront where there are already 5 offshore “O and M”support bases clustered around Ramsden Dock Road.

Oil, gas and wind operations have been serviced since 1979, WIind power electricity generation started in 2006.Today Barrow port has the largest cluster of O and M bases on the UK’s West Coast.

Offshore gas provides the low carbon baseline energy resource, Chrysaor and Spirit Energy are lead players on Barrow Waterfront, Rounds 30 and 31 of oil and gas licencing offer prospects o new discoveries.in addition PortMeridian offshore SPMLNG tanker unloading offers scope for import of liquefied natural gas into the UK gas grid through Barrow onshore terminals. All these proposals would capitalise on the gas pipeline infrastructure, existing processing terminal facilities at Barrow and highly skilled people who operate them or those who are involved in oil, gas, subsea equipment and process plant design, manufacture and operation in companies based locally. Key suppliers include companies such as Worley-Parsons, One Subsea, Siemens Subsea,Tritech international.

Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Lease Bidding Round 4 announcement in September 2019 raises the prospect of new offshore wind developments in the 2020s that could be serviced from the port of Barrow and the nearby Sandscale Heliport. The map below shows the extent of the area open to applications. the memorandum describing then opportunity can be seen at The Crown Estate, Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4’skey document: https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/media/3379/tce-r4-information-memorandum-print.pdf

As gas reserves and fields become depleted there is potential for Carbon Capture Storage,  re-using some of the offshore assets. The East Irish Sea Basin (EISB) is a prospective area for CCS in the western UKCS, with a CO2 storage potential to store over 1.7 Gt. CCSR in depleted gas fields which have large traps containing CO2 like Rhyl and North Morecambe in the East Irish Sea, connected to an active CO2 gas processing plant that already exists at Barrow may be a development option.

These could perhaps sit  alongside “gas to wire” options identified in Oil and Gas Authority’s (OGA) report: “Gas to wire: UK SNS & EIS” of September 2018. Furness could also explore “gas to wire” hub concepts similar to that Vattenfall is involved with at Brunsbuttel,Germany.

Hydrogen / electrolysis technologies, being explored by EDF at Heysham with Lancaster University and tidal generation off the Isle of Man offer other future potential energy resource,  could all be serviced from Barrow Waterfront.


Waterfront Business Park forms part of a wider Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District embracing Barrow town centre, Marina Village alongside the Waterfront Business Park, BAE SYSTEMS “digital shipyard” and the ABP owned port of Barrow.

Click to download the guide to the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District PDF.

The Vision for Barrow Waterfront which forms part of a potential Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) is to exploit strengths in defence, shipbuilding, nuclear, energy technologies, underwater engineering operations, composites, electrical power and electronics ,life sciences, robotics, marine services, offshore oil, gas and wind, and supporting “AI” and “VR” capabilities.

The District delivers a concentration of world class, advanced manufacturing, energy operations and maintenance, logistics, research & development and higher learning facilities which provide sustainable jobs for residents.

It is also a place with superb housing, a new planned marina village, apartment living  at Maritime Apartments, Devonshire Buildings on Barrow Island or in Barrow town centre at locations such as Jeffersons Barrow Apartments, the Wheatsheaf and Washington Apartments operated by Blake Henderson Ltd.  

Barrow town centre and the town’s suburbs are a great place for living in and for leisure, culture, recreation, business services and shopping. they are complemented by attractive villages such as Rampside, Roa Island, Lindal, Urswick, ireleth, Biggar, Newton and North Scale.

Nearby are  access to water based recreation on Walney Island for beach horse riding, wind and kite surfing. local green corridor recreational routes. such as the Westfield Nature Trail, National Trust’s Sandscale Haws and pathways from Dalton and Roose  link to historic Furness Abbey.

The area is serviced by efficient public transport including Stagecoach buses, Northern Rail commuter rail and taxis to give access to sustainable employment for residents to optimise use of their skills.



Choosing the Waterfront puts nearly seven million people within just over 2 hours’ drive.(100 Mile radius) Waterfront,

Barrow is also part of the wider Lancaster and South Cumbria Economic Region (LSCER).

Within the wider Lancaster & South Cumbria Economic sub-region around Morecambe Bay there are:

  • 315,800 people resident,a workforce of 192,000, of which 183,100 have either NVQ 3 or 4 qualifications;
  • the LSCER area offers some of the highest male average weekly wages by workplace in the country. The average in Barrow is £773.10. In the Lancaster City and South Lakeland District Councils areas they range from £536.10 to £540.10.
  • 15,435 business units comprising a mix of multinationals and smes provide your local supply chain base to call on.
  • 17,000 highly skilled people provide the area’s manufacturing capability,its account for 30% of all jobs in Barrow, nearly 10% in South Lakeland and 5.5% in Lancaster;
  • 19,500 people are employed in human health and social care, including the three main hospitals: Furness General,(Barrow), Westmorland (Kendal) and Lancaster RLI operated by University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust. 

Furness offers an impressive through life learning facilities ranging from in-company hubs such as BAE SYSTEMS Training Academy on Buccleugh Dockside, Barrow to Furness College (Tel:01229 825 017) the largest FE college in Cumbria, rated Ofsted “good” in March 2019. The College offers entry level to level 4 academic and vocational training. Companies such as Spirit Energy, BAE SYSTEMS and Orsted use the College, Two-thirds of its apprentice population (322 students in March 2019) were involved in levels 3 and 4 courses.

The Universities of Lancaster and Cumbria,  7 secondary Schools and 45 primary schools make up the area’s high quality education resources.

30% of all jobs in Barrow Borough are in manufacturing. The area along with adjacent Copeland Borough offer some of the highest average wages in the whole of Northern England.

Barrow and Furness has a superb track record of attracting highly skilled people to live and work here, as these two examples show: 

  • The shipyard has increased employment from around 3,000 people in 2004 to nearly 10,000 today;
  • Since 2006-2008 a whole new offshore wind operations and maintenance industry has sprung up at Barrow Waterfront to form  the largest concentration of  windfarm “O and M” bases on the UK’s West Coast..

The  port imports raw materials for use by multinational manufacturing companies like Kimberly-Clark, Barrow Mill which is undertaking a £85m new investment. 

it also exports by sea and rail aggregates and sea bed stone protection from local quarries in Kirkby and Stainton near Dalton-in- Furness.

The port handles large heavy abnormal loads. It also is a hub for irradiated reprocessed nuclear materials, condensate and other bulk cargo movements.

You can discover more about the importance of the port as a Hub for offshore wind and other energy activity in the section of the website called “Port of Barrow.”


Companies choosing to locate at the Waterfront  are able to receive business support from Furness Economic Development Forum ‘s (FEDF) team, Cumbria Growth Hub advisors and Department for International Trade export advisors. Cumbria LEP ,Associated British Ports, Britain’s largest port operating company, Barrow-in-Furness Borough and Cumbria County Councils may also be able to assist businesses invest to boost productivity.

Information on emerging pipelines of future contracts, major projects, and information on who is available in the supply chain to support expanding businesses is one of the most important business support services on offer to businesses of all sizes likely to locate at Barrow Waterfront.

FEDF offers you a great insight into local suppliers through its major projects guide and its A3 supplier guides (example shown below). These can be obtained by calling 07836254721 email: stuart@fedf.co.uk. A sites for suppliers guide can add to the above.


All businesses considering taking up tenancies at Harding Rise, the ERDF funded, Waterfront Gateway managed business centre are, for example, being offered free referrals to the Growth Hub and its services as part of an initiative to help the firms optimise their use of both ERDF funded business support and that available locally or through UK Government funded schemes.

Companies may also be  introduced to:

  • the Furness Education and Skills Partnership (co-located with FEDF) and Careers Hub, school – business STEM careers related services;
  • Department for International Trade export/inward investment support through Tifany Solender;
  • sources of business finance including the GSK Enterprise Fund and Northern Powerhouse Funds delivered through British Business Bank;
  • InnovateUK support and assistance from the Universities of Cumbria and Lancaster;
  • skills training through Furness College and private sector providers.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce’s supply chain support is detailed at https://www.cumbriachamber.co.uk/business-support/supply-chain-opportunity-club-faqs and through Cumbria Growth Hub at https://cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk/supply-chain and https://cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk/supply-chain/find-out-what-help-is-available.


The Chamber of Commerce has a Supply Chain Club  offers: Personal invitations to attend sector specific supply chain opportunities networking events for businesses of all sizes, focused on access to contract opportunities and building relationships for the future; Exclusive access to knowledge about the specific opportunities from Cumbrian-based businesses; Access to a platform for collaboration and diversification; Member-only access to podcasts, webinars and discussion forums with companies looking to procure and key business leaders, and enabling sharing with each other E-news updates on business opportunities and business support; A dedicated business directory listing where you can promote your business offers to other club members; Opportunities to host open days

You can contact Eva Chua for more information by email at Eva@cumbriachamber.co.uk.