"Defining moment" for Rochdale town centre as a further £150M to be invested

Date published: 20 July 2018

Whilst Rochdale town centre has already benefitted from unprecedented levels of investment, with a £250million regeneration programme almost complete, there is more to come with a further £150million to be invested.

The projects to come include:

  • Redevelopment of Rochdale’s magnificent Grade 1 listed Town Hall
  • Improvements to Town Hall Square
  • The new market opening in August
  • Drake Street/Heritage Action Zone improvements
  • 2,000 new residential properties to be built right in the heart of the town centre


The new market building
The new market building will open in August


One of the options being considered is the removal of traffic from the front of the Town Hall
One of the options being considered is the removal of traffic from the front of the Town Hall


On the edges of town, Rochdale Railway Station will see further improvements and the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum on Maclure Road will be transformed.


Rochdale Riverside development is underway
Proposed Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum exterior


Underway is the £80million Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, which when completed will bring 24 shops, restaurants, a cinema and 1,000 jobs.


Rochdale Riverside development is underway
Rochdale Riverside development is underway


Over the past seven years, projects completed include:

  • Number One Riverside
  • Rochdale Sixth Form College
  • River Roch re-opening
  • Hopwood Hall College improvements
  • Extension to Rochdale Pioneers Museum
  • New town centre Metrolink extension
  • New Transport Interchange
  • New Leisure Centre
  • Police Station refurbishment


Number One Riverside
Number One Riverside


Clikc this link to view a photographic documentary of Number One Riverside & Transport Interchange construction


The changes have dramatically improved the town centre and made it an attractive opportunity for new businesses, and the further £150million to be spent, taking the total investment to £400million, will doubtless attract more businesses to the town centre.

Rochdale has superb transport connections putting it in reach of Manchester within just 15 minutes.


Rochdale Tarnsport Interchange
Rochdale Transport Interchange


The borough is surrounded by beautiful countryside being in the foothills of the Pennines.


Hollingworth Lake Country Park
Hollingworth Lake Country Park


Councillor John Blundell, Rochdale Borough Council cabinet member for Regeneration, Business, Skills and Employment, said: "With so much already delivered and so much more to come, this is a defining moment for Rochdale town centre. We are Greater Manchester's biggest opportunity."


Hollingworth Lake Country Park
Councillor John Blundell


Mike Smith, partner of Genr8, which is funding the Rochdale Riverside development, said: "This significant investment is a huge boost of confidence for the town and for the scheme, which will play a significant role in the continued regneration of Rochdale. We believe that the town centre is a really attractive prospect for investors."


Mike Smith, partner of Genr
Mike Smith, partner of Genr8


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