Barrow is the hub of a population of around 100,000 with around 1 in 4 of the workforce employed in world class manufacturing. It is experiencing unprecedented investment in new manufacturing facilities for a nationally strategic programme – The Dreadnought Class Submarines fleet – attributed to being the largest public sector investment in this and the next Parliament,Dong Energy’s Walney extension wind-farm and National Grid’s strategic 400kv transmission line and tunnel, the later anticipate d to take six years to build. The Barrow Travel to Work Area embraces GSK Ulverston which undertakes pharmaceuticals manufacturing. This is soon to be extended to incorporate biopharmaceutical Manufacture worth £350m.
The Travel To Work Area industry sectors range through nuclear-powered submarine design, build, test and commissioning, subsea electronics, electronic LED manufacture, tissue and detergent manufacture, precision engineering and fabrication. There are four, soon to be five, wind-farm offshore operations and maintenance bases operated by Dong Energy and Vattenfall and a port which acts as an international gateway for specialist cargoes, including
is a wide tree lined avenue extending 1.7 miles from Dalton Lane, south east towards “Barrow Railway Station gateway” to the town centre. Along it are found many of the town’s established hotels including the prestigious Abbey House, Chetwynde and The East Mount, Gables, Infield House, Lisdoonie Hotels, Greenbank and Maindee Guest Houses.
Is the town’s northern most suburb situated 0.51 miles east of the A590 on the northern edge of Barrow. The long established Hawcoat suburb overlooks the coast. It is centred around the Furness General Hospital and close by the Furness Abbey and Furness Rugby Ground.East of Glenridding Drive The Gardens is an area with 30 large detached executive homes. A new Local Plan indicates scope for new home building in an area north of Helvellyn Walk.
The eastern part of Barrow is the site of most of the recent growth in the town. Holbeck is 2.1 miles east of the town centre. Holbeck(0.52 miles), Flass Lane and Roose and are all quite close to Roose Railway Station for commuting. There is a Tesco supermarket, local shops, takeaway fish and chip shops at Leece Lane/Holbeck Road junction and chemists (by Well Lane), the Ship Inn,Yarlside and Crofters on Holbeck. Roose Garage offers MOT services.There are attractive walks leading north to Furness Abbey and south around Cavendish Dock and Westfield Nature Trail leading to Rampside and Roa Island.
Also on the eastern edge of Barrow, 1.8 miles from the town centre, is the tree lined Rating Lane, Friars Lane and Flass Lane areas situated south east of the Abbey Road entrance to Barrow. Here are local shops such as a Co-op supermarket,Post office, St Bernards School, Barrow Sixth Form College AND THE Chetwynde School
This area around Bridgegate Road, Lesh Lane, Risedale Road is only 1 mile east of the town centre where there is an Aldi supermarket at the north end o.7 miles from the town centre and a range of local shops at the southern end lies close to the Park Leisure Centre and east entrance to Barrow Park and Furness Academy school.
The areas closer to Barrow town centre offer some of the main hotels and easy access to employers in the town centre and the shopping centre.In and around the centre are a choice of apartments, apartment hotels and rented terraced houses of two, three and four bed capacity.
The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel stands around 150m south west of the Barrow Railway Station.
offers some unique apartment and flat accommodation in historic buildings close to Bae Systems and the port of Barrow there is also the Royal Hotel which is well used by teams working offshore on operations and maintenance of the wind farms.
For those people who prefer an “island life” close to both North Walney and South Walney nature reserves and the scope for kite or windsurfing or gliding with Lakes Gliding club at Walney airport, then North and South Walney, separated from Barrow Island by a bridge, offer a choice of a wide range of detached or semi-detached houses, bungalow and terraced homes to rent or buy. The historic North and South Vickerstown areas are especially attractive. For people who enjoy the natural environment in which to relax there are attractive coastal walks and beaches to be enjoyed along with scope for launching yachts, jet skis and powerboats into Walney Channel from The Ferry slipway.
Biggar Village, North Scale North and South Vickerstown provide accommodation to rent or buy in the historic hearts of the island’s communities.