The transformation of Rochdale town centre is almost complete
The huge town centre regeneration programme has seen a number of new developments in the town centre.
- Re-opened River Roch
- Number One Riverside
- New Wheatsheaf Centre entrance
- New Rochdale Sixth Form College
- Extension to Hopwood Hall College and the introduction of the Riverside Salon and restaurant
- Town centre Metrolink stop
- Rochdale Interchange
- New Rochdale Leisure Centre
What is happening now?
Ground work on the site of the new retail and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside, has started.
The flagship development in Smith Street will bring around 24 shops, including Next and M&S, to the town centre, as well as restaurants, a six-screen cinema and 340 parking spaces.
The development of phase one will be complete in 2019.
Phase two of the scheme will be delivered at a later stage, but could include new housing, a hotel, offices as well as additional shops and restaurants.
A new Rochdale Market, to be located next to the re-opened river on The Butts, is on the way.
The market will offer a wider range of stalls, with a focus on high quality products and fresh food.
A new indoor facility will also be provided in the former Santander building next to the site.
Rochdale Town Hall
Although the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to restore the Town Hall was unsuccessful, the Council says it is committed to continuing improvement work and exploring a number of different options.
In the short-term, Town Hall Square will be improved, with new paving and landscaping, as well as restoring the lighting columns in the Memorial Gardens. New lighting will also be installed at Touchstones and the Town Hall.