A real team effort – transformational project for local youth organisation

The Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project (WHYP) give “young people opportunities to develop their potential, to understand themselves and others, to enjoy life, and to contribute positively to the world” providing activities both indoor and outdoors from their base under the multi-story car park in Whitehaven. They deliver  sports and youth activities five evenings a week in the centre and use the outdoors for adventurous activity.

WHYP approached Cumbria Exchange for assistance to find a company that could help them modernise an old toilet block that they had taken over in the multi-story car park in Whitehaven.
They were looking for help to develop the disused area to provide additional changing facilities, a drying room and storage space for groups using the harbour as a venue for water sports but needed expert help to make it happen.

The renovation of this space was much needed and especially important as the redevelopment of the WHYP sports hall (include a bouldering wall) meant the loss of storage space. So the request for ‘support wanted’ to transform this derelict area into a modern ‘fit for purpose’ facility with changing, storage and drying facilities was circulated via Cumbria Exchange.

The Decommissioning Delivery Partners (DDP) via Cumbria Exchange took up the challenge to plan and deliver the improvements needed to convert the disused area into a modern, bright and clean facility for use by  local young people engaging in a wide range of activities.

A host of local companies worked together and made significant  ‘in kind’ contributions with a value in excess of £100,000 to make this  transformation a reality.

A real team effort: Who did what?

TDA Engineering provided the ‘front end’ engineering  for the project including: Planning, conventional safety, survey work, EC & I Design, CS & A Design, architectural design and the local planning submission with a  large proportion of the work being undertaken by apprentices and graduates to provide real life engineering experience.

Cumbria Nuclear Solutions Ltd. (CNSL) provided project management of the delivery phase of works. They provided in-house civil (Jacobs Field Services) and electrical (Shepley) trade capabilities as well as managed the supplier and subcontractors works.

  • Industrial Cleaning – Mire Services
  • Drains –  Unblock Cumbria
  • Waste Removal –  Cumbria Waste
  • Ceiling – Design Grid
  • Consumables –  Travis Perkins and Jacksons Timber
  • Plant Hire – Jacobs Tool and Plant Hire Workington
  • Flooring – Contract Flooring Cumbria
  • Plumbing –  Eilbeck
  • Doors –  supplied by Howdens Joinery
  • Sand and Cement –  supplied by Jewsons
  • Paint –  supplied by Thomas Graham and Steve’s Paints

Stuart Dunnett, WHYP Project Director, said  “ So many partners contributed to the success of the renovation project which has resulted  a modern facility which is far superior to anything we imagined and will be an asset to us as a charity and the wider community for many years to come.“

Nicola Gorrill, DDP Social Impact Lead, said  “The improvement to the facility is really quite breathtaking. I’d like to thank TDA, CNSL and all their local supply chain partners for creating a totally transformed space. The project embodies how DDP works collaboratively across the framework in order to deliver support that has real long term benefit for the local community. It was a fantastic effort from everyone involved”.







Where can I find out about the parties involved?

Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project: http://www.whyp.org.uk/


Anne Broome
Anne is the Cumbria Exchange Coordinator and the first port of call for all things Exchange. Read more from Anne