Reactivating heritage buildings

At the heart of the Reactivating Heritage Buildings project is a vision for the future of Millom that sees derelict, vacant and underutilised heritage buildings brought back into active use – enhancing the visual appearance of the town.

The project aims to improve perceptions of Millom and raise the profile of the town as a place to live, work, visit, learn and invest.

The project 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. 

At least four further town centre heritage buildings will also be refurbished. 

And as part of wider improvements to the town centre and Market Square, there are plans to introduce a number of cycle stands, to plant trees and introduce electric vehicle (EV) charging points. 

The project includes three strands:

1. Direct investment in prominent, long-term vacant buildings. The acquisition, refurbishment and repurposing of heritage town centre assets will provide a mix of new uses that will expand Millom’s current offer. 

2. A grant programme to support the upgrade of privately owned heritage buildings, whereby owners would be able to invest in their properties to provide commercial floorspace.

3. Revitalised public space – The Delivery of a revitalised public area in and around the Market Square that will complement the upgraded buildings and create an attractive physical environment that enhances perceptions of Millom as a business and visitor destination

Once work has been completed, it is estimated that 16 permanent full time equivalent (FTE) jobs will be created. During the construction phase, approximately 20 temporary jobs will be created.

A planning application linked to this project has now been submitted and can be viewed via this link: 4/23/2246/0F1 | Copeland Borough Council


The projects that form part of the Millom Town Deal have been decided and funding has been secured. However, there will be occasions on which feedback and the views of residents are sought.