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IED Annual Award 2023 winner: Sellafield Ltd, Whitehaven Bus Station


Sellafield Ltd is the winner of the IED’s Outstanding Impact award for redeveloping and repurposing Whitehaven Bus Station.

The award, sponsored by YTKO, recognises projects delivered and concluded in the last five years, which demonstrate benchmarked evidence against other similar initiatives. Impacts could include environmental, social, business support, rural development and regeneration.

The revitalised Bus Station reopened in May 2021 following an extensive £8.2 million regeneration project co-funded by Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and delivered by BEC with support from Copeland Borough Council.

Sellafield Ltd contributed £5.7 million to the project, as well as expert support, as part of its social impact, multiplied (SiX) programme of community investments which seek to leverage public and private sector funding to help grow and diversify the West Cumbrian economy.

Two years on, the Bus Station is now a dynamic collaboration environment, designed for business start-ups and entrepreneurs and featuring co-working spaces, meeting rooms and a shared maker space giving access to equipment such as 3D printers and laser and vinyl cutting tools.

It is also home to the first Barclays Eagle lab outside of a major city in the north of England, helping to support and boost residents and creating 24 jobs.

Gary McKeating, Head of Development and Community at Sellafield Ltd, said: “We are delighted to gain further recognition for this amazing and vibrant example of how we and our partners are delivering transformational changes for our local economy. It underlines how more can be achieved by working in partnership and how our impacts are multiplied when we collaborate. The Bus Station has exceeded all of our expectations in terms of occupancy and impact, and we will continue to support the Eagle Lab through mentorship and other support programmes.”

Jamie Reed, Director of Socio Economics at NDA, said: “We are delighted that the Bus Station has been recognised with this prestigious award. The Bus Station is one of the impressive and successful projects in the NDA group social impact portfolio, and this development is a significant and welcome West Cumbrian success story, demonstrating the power of partnership working. The NDA is committed to creating environmental and societal benefits, building on our long history of providing value for the UK. We invest around £15 million nationally each year in enabling permanent, positive, and significant social and economic change in our communities, and investing in projects such as this will benefit the local community of Whitehaven and beyond for years to come.”

IED Director Bev Hurley CBE, who hosted the IED’s 40th anniversary awards evening sponsored by Key Cities, said: “Many congratulations to Sellafield Ltd as the winner of our Outstanding Impact award. In determining the winning nomination, our judges found clear evidence of having achieved significant impact. They pinpointed strong tangible results, simultaneously addressing dereliction and creating business support opportunities, and its apparent place-appropriateness, observing that it seems well aligned with the local economy in which it operates.”