Craven House

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Craven House as viewed from Schneider Square in August 2010
The south-facing facade of Craven House

Craven House (also known as Fisher House)[1] is a large office building in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England located on Michaelson Road close to the eponymous bridge. Constructed in the 1960s the building is noted for its length of roughly 90 m (300 ft) and consists of seven floors making it one of the tallest storied buildings in the town.[2] The gross floor area stands at around 8,100 square metres (87,000 sq ft).[2] Craven House is owned by the Department of Work and Pensions through Barrow Borough Council and currently houses the town's principal Jobcentre[3] alongside leasing office space to the headquarters of successful shipping company James Fisher & Sons - the only Barrow based company listed on the London Stock Exchange.[1]

In 2003 the entire external fabric of the building was recladded and a further £1.7 million was spent in 2013 on refurbishing the inside of the building and installing a new roof.[4] Craven House generates around £176,000 for Barrow Borough Council per annum, making it the largest individual commercial asset under the council's possession.[4]


  • Agilisys[5]
  • Cumbria County Council[4]
  • James Fisher & Sons[5]
  • Jobcentre[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Contact Us". James Fisher & Son. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Barrow-in-Furness Craven House". Government Buildings. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Job centres in Barrow". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "£1.6M Renovation for Barrow Office Block in Cumbria County Council Boost". North West Evening Mail. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Our Offices". Agilisys. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

Coordinates: 54°06′37″N 3°13′39″W / 54.11020°N 3.22751°W / 54.11020; -3.22751