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44-45 Irish Street

Together Impact Housing Association and Howgill Family Centre have formed the Whitehaven Foyer Company and plan to transform the old YMCA building on Irish Street. 

This grade II listed building, though in a dilapidated state, has tremendous potential, in terms of size and location to become an iconic Foyer.  The renovated building will blend the best characters of the original building with contemporary, attractive features, creating a welcoming vibrant space. This will be used to deliver a range of services, either developed by the Foyer or delivered by partner agencies.  

This scheme will include repair, restoring original features, reinstatement and bringing back floor space back into beneficial use.

Work started on site on 21st July 2014 and it was hoped that the work would be complete this summer (2016), however due to problems with drying out the building, which had been left in a dilapidate state for a considerable time, the completion date is now unknown, as large areas of the lime plastering have failed to dry sufficiently and will require reapplication.

Would you like to take a look around the building?  If so watch out for tours on the events menu, or sign up to one of our training days and get to work on the site


Former YMCA building March 2014

September 2015

The Foyer Building October 2015

The Former Snooker Room September 2015

45 Market Place, Whitehaven

Work commenced on this property in March 2016 with completion due in July 2016.  The property will be fully refurbished and let out as a shop unit with seperately accessed residential accommodation above.  The scheme will bring 107m sq of accommodation back into use.

48-50 Market Place

Work has commenced on a quarter of a million pound scheme to transform this building into two high quality retail units with a bedsite and a two bedroom flat above.  It is hoped works will complete by the end of November 2016 and tenants will be in by Christmas.  Brickwork Solutions from Cleator Moor are the contractor and Countryside Consultants fro Alston are the architects. 

32 James Street

This long vacant building is about to undergo a major facelift costing over £150,000.  The ground floor shop unit will be totally refurbished and a three bedroom flat with seperate access will be created above.  Work is due to start in June 2016 and complete by the end of November 2016.  The contractor is Ian Harvey of Whitehaven and the architect is Countryside Consultants.




Published: 25 March 2014 - 5:05pm