Whitehaven is one of the UK’s most historic ports, and a prime example of a planned Georgian town centre.

As the town’s raison d’être the harbour has formed the economic backbone of the town and the wider region throughout its history. The slow decline of the town from international trading hub to redundant phosphate port had dramatic effects on the prosperity of the town.

The Renaissance of Whitehaven began in the late 1990’s with development of public realm, visitor centre facilities, lock gates and a marina.

With the prospect of investment spin-off from the nuclear industry, the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and the Crown Estate looked for innovative and fresh ideas for the future growth of the harbour area

RMJM were asked to explore the opportunities presented by the site. Nathan lead the design team to generate a strategy for ‘Navigating the Future’ of the harbour.

This strategy involved the creation of new neighbourhood areas, the repair of urban grain fragmented by industrial decline, recasting the role of the historic harbour, the creation of a new marina, educational, business, residential and leisure facilies and an ambitious new sustainable energy generation scheme.