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Housing scheme set for Rochdale town centre

Tuesday 20 October 2020

The Rochdale Riverside development, which plans to build over 240 new homes, a hotel and offices in central Rochdale, has taken a major step forward, with enabling works set to start imminently. 

Rochdale Riverside Phase 2 is being delivered by Rochdale Development Agency on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council, in partnership with developer Genr8 Developments and Kajima Properties.

The consortium that delivered the 200,000 sq ft retail and leisure development in the town centre has appointed contractor Willmott Dixon to carry out the £2.7 million enabling works contract to ready the site ahead of the start of main construction work in spring 2021.

Manchester-based property management company, Urbanbubble, has also been appointed as consultants on the project.

The project is part of the £400 million regeneration of Rochdale town centre, which includes the opening of the retail and leisure complex, Rochdale Riverside Phase 1, earlier in 2020. Phase 1, which is next to the Phase 2 site, has brought major names into the town centre, including Next, H&M, Reel Cinema and the Puttstars mini golf complex.

Rochdale Riverside Phase 2, which will comprise one and two-bedroom apartments for rent, also provides a push for Rochdale council's plans to deliver more than 10,500 new homes over the next 2 decades. These will be focused on sustainable sites such as town centres and around the borough's 5 railway stations, as part of the council's brownfield preference approach to housing development.

The main construction phase would begin next spring subject to the approval of detailed plans to be submitted later this year, according to the council.

Last November, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority contributed £4m towards the regeneration scheme.

Council leader, Allen Brett, said: "The delivery of high quality new homes to serve our growing population and attract new residents is a vital part of our strategy to transform the borough, which has already seen the successful opening of a new shopping and leisure complex, the delivery of world class heritage projects like the reopening of the River Roch and much more.

"This new development will attract people who want to live in a thriving town centre with excellent shops, leisure facilities and transport links right on their doorstep. It will also bring an important brownfield site back into use and transform this key part of the town centre.”

Source: Rochdale Borough Council