Many locals still remember with pride their role in providing valued resources to the rest of the UK and it is this feeling that West Cumbria Mining hopes to bring back to the area through the opening of the new mine.
The coalfields extend from onshore to offshore, over 400m below ground and the sea, along the coast of Whitehaven, West Cumbria in NW England and covering an area of 200km2. Inclined tunnels called ‘drifts’ will be constructed to provide access from the modern, architect-designed site buildings down to the coalfields.
The forthcoming feasibility tests will help to define the exact positions of the site buildings and drifts as these are not yet finalised but are anticipated to be south of Whitehaven and north of St Bees. Once a site has been identified, the buildings will be designed in consultation with the planning authorities and the local community. The buildings will reflect West Cumbria Mining’s desire to be a good neighbour so will be architect-designed, environmentally appropriate and acoustically enclosed.