Operator sought for exciting new Millom facilities

Ironline project artists impression

Potential operators are being sought for two schemes included within the Millom Town Deal programme. The process provides the chance for potential operators to submit their interest.

The projects are:

  • Ironline will see the uniquely beautiful sea wall and coastal lagoon off the coast of Millom sensitively enhanced to form an inspirational and fully inclusive route across RSPB Hodbarrow with upwards of 7km of walking and cycling routes to be enhanced as part of the project. A new welcome centre will be created, incorporating a café/bar, retail space and multi-use events room alongside adjacent parking for around 80 vehicles.
  • Arts and Enterprise Centre part of the Reactivating Heritage Buildings projects will see the creation of an Arts and Enterprise Centre within the former NatWest bank building, which will include a cafe and exhibition space, a co-working space for businesses to collaborate and share knowledge, a makers market area, a retail display area, a start-up enterprise space, studios and workshops.

David Savage, the Chair of Millom Town Deal Board, said:

“We are witnessing another significant step forward by seeking potential operators of these new and exciting facilities. The “door is open” and we encourage potential operators to share their skills and knowledge as we move towards with the transformation of our forgotten town.”

In addition to submitting information through Cumberland Council’s online procurement CHEST, potential providers can also email the procurement team direct or send information in the post:

The online procurement CHEST. Suppliers can find it either:

  • or searching on the chest under project ID
  • Email: procurement.capital@cumberland.gov.uk
  • Post: Capital Programme Team, The Parkhouse Building, Baron Way, Kingmoor Park, Carlisle, CA6 4SJ

The deadline for responses is 4pm on Friday 21 June 2024.

Millom Town Deal secured £20.6 million from the Government’s Towns Fund in November 2022 with an additional £8.7 million in match funding to help the town and its communities to thrive in the future.

Working with Cumberland Council, the money will be used to deliver four projects. Alongside The Iron Line, the Millom Town Deal includes Activating Community Health, Reactivating Heritage Buildings and Connecting Millom and Haverigg.

For more information about Millom Town Deal, please visit the Millom Town Deal website.