We are taking a really proactive approach to integrating creative work and construction at our North Shore site in Whitehaven, Cumbria with the #mynorthshore programme.

The #mynorthshore initiative offers space to local creative organisations or artists to display work for free.

Through our North Shore consultation website and hub we have invited applications for this scheme – from poets to photographers – such initiatives bring the community right into the heart of the development, which is a key aim for BEC.

The first installation went live last month when a team of young people, led by Young Cumbria, developed a street art installation to celebrate Whitehaven’s maritime history.

Not only did this initiative give local young people the chance to volunteer and have some fun with street art, but it tidied up a wall that was a real eye sore in our development... just in time for Taste Whitehaven, over the last weekend in July.

The installation is designed to improve the overall look and feel of the area as it begins a major transition.

The North Shore scheme is being brought forward by BEC, with the help of partners including Copeland Borough Council and Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners.

It proposes a four-star hotel, multi-storey car park facility and circa 75,000 sq ft office development.

Current projects will see the delivery of a mixed-use office, start-up and innovator facility with supporting artisan eatery.

Further road upgrades are also ongoing in partnership with Cumbria County Council.

BEC also aims for Whitehaven’s harbour front to become a beacon for sustainable development as it strives to be zero-net carbon (ZNC).