The Bus Station

Established in 1931, re-established in 2021.

Fifty co-working spaces, ten private offices, four meeting rooms, one maker space, Barclays Eagle Labs, The Peddler. ONE EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITY.

The Bus Station was one of only two covered Bus Stations in the country when it first opened in 1931, serving the local community until its closure 70 years later in 2002.  Now, almost 20 years on, the Bus Station is being brought back to life for our local community. 

With funding from BEC, Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority we have worked with local contractor, Thomas Armstrong to transform the derelict buildings and preserve the heritage of this beautiful building.

Home to The Peddler, a one hundred and twenty five seat restaurant and Barclays Eagle Labs, a unique business enablement hub to support start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Bus Station, Bransty Row - May 2012
Bottom entrance showing original stone archway
Bus station, Bransty Row, May 2016
Top entrance of site, showing curved, stepped walls
Bus Station, Bransty Row - July 2019
Steel being removed after façade support system installed
Bus Station, Branty Row, August 2019
View of former Bus Station taken from Wellington Row

This is not just another office.

The Bus Station is a hybrid space blending work, creativity, learning, food and drink in an inspiring and collaborative environment.  The Bus Station will support start-ups and entrepreneurs to innovate, invent and thrive.  Together we will create real opportunities to build lasting partnerships, attract investment and unlock the potential in our communities ultimately building a diverse and sustainable local economy for Cumbria.

Supported by Sellafield Ltd, BEC have partnered with Barclays to deliver the 25th Eagle Labs in the UK, based in the Bus Station, the first outside of a major city in the North.

Barclays Eagle Labs will support entrepreneurs with an on-site Ecosystem Manager, Lab Manager and Engineer, access to banking services, business expertise, mentoring and coaching from scale-up specialists, as well as a full year-round events programme dedicated to promoting collaboration and innovation in the community.  Eagle Labs offer members the opportunity to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, local organisations, universities, industry bodies and potential clients and investors. These resources will provide more opportunities for local start-ups and scale-ups to grow, in turn strengthening the area’s established position in the energy and nuclear decommissioning sector.

To support the digital transformation of Whitehaven and the surrounding areas, Barclays Digital Eagles will also offer digital education and training throughout the community, helping people get the most out of being safe and secure online. Held physically or virtually, these sessions will educate attendees on digital behaviours, and will be aimed at all segments of the local community.

To find out more or to join this exciting business community visit

On the ground floor, delivered in partnership with Osprey Management Group – we welcome The Peddler.  Showcasing the amazing artisan food and drink products available in the county, with fresh, locally sourced, sustainably produce featured on the menu.

If you’ve just got off the train and you’re looking for a coffee to go; shopping in town and looking for somewhere to go for lunch; looking for an evening meal or even somewhere for that special occasion, The Peddler is open early to late and caters for all.

Why Osprey Management Group?  The team have taken a similar approach to developments, choosing places that need to be revitalised and returned to the communities that house them, providing leisure spaces for society to thrive and supporting employment opportunities on the coast of Cumbria.

To find out more about the venue or enquire about current job opportunities visit