Town Centre Redevelopment

The Hub, WorkingtonThe artwork for the centrepiece of the redevelopment, The Hub, was the subject of an international competition won by architects McDowell Benedetti. The project was delivered to an alternative design by BASE structures. The Hub is a canopied outdoor performance space with the first outdoor 3D sound system in the country.

Further public realm works for Curwen Place at the bottom of Ramsay Brow (outside HSBC bank) and the Portico at the West end of Pow St (outside Clydesdale Bank) were completed in June 2008 and included granite paving, bespoke bench seating, stainless steel planter casings, and a column sculpture.

Night time 'Coastline' feature on Washington StreetThe public realm works also include  'Coastline' and 'Lookout'.

Improvements to the quality of the public realm aspects of the project were made possible due to a grant from the North West Regional Development Agency of £2.74m in conjunction with support from the developers and Allerdale Borough Council.Example of canopy artwork For more information about each of the individual art projects, including the car park grilles and toilets as well as The Hub, Coast Line and Lookout please visit the public art web page.

Building work on the town centre redevelopment is now complete.


Locally based Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd were the main contractors for the scheme. Preparatory works commenced in July 2004 with the demolition of the former Co-op superstore. Having successfully signed agreements with future tenants to secure 60% of the potential rental income in September 2004, S. Harrison Developments Ltd. were in a position to fully commit to the scheme and declare the development agreement unconditional.

Workington Regeneration - View to NextWho was involved in the project?

S. Harrison Developments Ltd were the partner working with Allerdale Borough Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency on the redevelopment of Workington town centre.

Allerdale Borough Council members, NWRDA officials and professional advisors, selected the firm from a shortlist of five potential developers after a public consultation exercise and two days of interviews.

What were the objectives of the project?

Workington Regeneration - Debenhams  

  • Re-establish the town as a major shopping destination
  • Widen the town's retail catchment area
  • Create a development which co-exists with and improves the existing town centre
  • Attract quality high-street retailers to the town
  • Improve the environment of the town centre
  • Act as a catalyst for future economic growth
  • Provide opportunities for job creation
  • Improve long term prosperity

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