Maryport Townscape Heritage Initiative

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A five-year programme of works, called the Maryport Townscape Heritage Initiative and costing a total of £3.65 million, helped to transform the face of Maryport and revitalise the historic-core of the town’s centre. 

The Initiative comprised the following three elements:

1. Renovation works to key buildings

The scheme focused on the renovation of key derelict and empty properties within the town centre conservation area.

Owners of identified buildings received financial help towards the costs of renovation works, to strict standards. All renovation works used high-quality, traditional materials and techniques in order to maintain the character of the conservation area.

A number of new businesses were also established in properties renovated as part of the M.T.H.I and several new jobs were created as a result.

2. Environmental enhancements

Shipping Brow has benefited from environmental enhancements, such as new paving and street furniture. The Council worked with Capita Symonds to design and implement a scheme, which used high quality, natural materials to improve the look and feel of the area. 

3. Training opportunities

A number of workshops and training days were held over the first three years of the scheme for local contractors and students at Maryport Settlement, delivered by The Scottish Lime Centre Trust. These events looked at the use of traditional materials and techniques in the repair of historic buildings. The training also provided opportunities for local contractors and apprentices to complete specialist qualifications in conservation and historic building repair. In the longer term, it is envisaged that local contractors will be better equipped to maintain and repair the town’s historic buildings.

The Maryport Townscape Heritage Initiative was funded by Allerdale Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the North West Development Agency, as well as contributions from the private investment of property owners.

Joe Broomfield, Allerdale Borough Council’s Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer, said: “Nowhere is Maryport’s heritage better showcased than in the town centre conservation area, where there are some fantastic examples of Georgian and Victorian buildings and streetscapes. Through high-quality renovation work to key properties and areas of the public realm, the Maryport Townscape Heritage Initiative will revitalise Maryport town centre, not only creating new business opportunities and jobs, but helping to protect and enhance the historic built environment for both present and future generations.”

For further information contact Allerdale Borough Council’s Town Centre Area Manager, on 01900 702766 or email

An example of a property benefitting from the scheme is shown below:


31-33 Curzon street


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Latest News

See the latest news page for recent news and developments on the project.

Environmental improvements to Shipping Brow are available to view online. View the Shipping Brow page.

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