The future of Barrow is bright | The future of Barrow is exciting | The future of Barrow is now.

A #BrilliantBarrow for everyone

#brilliant barrow

ONE of the most exciting periods in Barrow’s recent history is upon us – and the next few years are set to transform the town for generations to come.



Brilliant Barrow


In 2020, Barrow was one of 101 towns selected to submit a proposal for up to £25m of funding from the Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund.

The bid was successful and Barrow became one of the first towns in the country to secure the maximum possible grant to enable seven exciting projects to be delivered.

Now, Westmorland and Furness Council is leading the work to deliver each of the projects to ensure Barrow thrives as a great place to live, work and visit for generations to come.

Our Projects

The seven projects selected as part of the #BrilliantBarrow Town Deal will touch almost every part of life, from education to health and wellbeing and housing regeneration to entertainment and culture.

Learning Quarter

The ambitious Learning Quarter project aims to create more opportunities for people in Barrow and the surrounding areas to access further and higher education

Community Hubs

THE wellbeing of Barrow residents is at the heart of the Community Hubs project, which will see a network of four centres created in key locations.

Business & Enterprise

A THRIVING business economy is one of the aims of the wider #BrilliantBarrow Towns Deal programme, with the Business and Enterprise Support project key to achieving this

Housing Renewal

THE Housing Renewal project is a multi-million pound scheme that will see investment in almost 300 residential properties across Barrow along with 39 commercial properties

Marina Village

THE Marina Village project has been on the agenda for many years and moving it forward to the next stage is now the core aim of this project.

Place Development

INSTILLING a sense of pride in the town and making Barrow an attractive place to live, work and visit is at the heart of the Place Development project.

Walking and Cycling

A NETWORK of dedicated routes will make active travel an easier choice for residents and visitors thanks to the Town Deal's Walking and Cycling infrastructure project.

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Our Objectives

The objectives of the #BrilliantBarrow initiative are:

To put community at the heart of everything we do

To help people achieve, and be the best they can be

To nurture a diverse and strong economy

To improve the health and wealth of the community

To deliver an attractive, diverse and affordable housing stock

To be a better-connected and accessible town

To create a vibrant town centre and preserve our rich heritage

To build on our strengths and become a centre of excellence

To become a dynamic university town, complete with campus

To be a positive, confident town where people choose to stay

The future of Barrow is BRIGHT

The future of Barrow is EXCITING

The future of Barrow is NOW

Meet Our Board

Steve Cole

Chair - Private Sector

Cllr Jonathan Brook

Westmorland and Furness Council

Cllr Derek Brook

Westmorland and Furness Council

Simon Fell

Barrow and Furness MP

Hopes & Dreams

At the start of the #BrilliantBarrow journey, residents of the town shared what they would like to see as they helped to shape an exciting vision for the future.

From youngsters to members of the older generation, proud Barrovians made their voices heard.

Cafe and cocktail culture, a desire for more indoor recreational spaces, a bowling alley and Junk Yard golf, were all part of their exciting plans for a truly #BrilliantBarrow.

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