Town Centre

Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton still embrace the cooperative spirit fostered by the Rochdale Pioneers nearly 200 years ago lives on in the progressive collaboration between public and private sectors. That spirit has delivered a regeneration programme to Rochdale’s historic town centre, providing a new leisure and retail heart alongside state-of-the-art civic facilities and transport infrastructure.

Improvements already delivered

Along with Rochdale Borough Council and private sector partners, the RDA has already helped to deliver a wave of improvements to Rochdale town centre. They include:

New transport infrastructure

A new transport interchange means that Metrolink trams arrive in the middle of town every 12 minutes, connecting Rochdale seamlessly to neighbouring towns, central Manchester, Manchester Airport and beyond. The exchange includes a modern, well connected bus station.

Number One Riverside

The award-winning Number One Riverside is an impressive new home for council offices, the town’s central library and its public information hub.

Rochdale Riverside

The new £80 million Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail scheme opened for business in April 2020, tenants include: Marks & Spencer, Next, H&M, Superdrug, Bean, Heavenly Desserts, Boots, JD Sports and River Island, along with leisure operators Reel Cinemas and Puttstars, the mini golf concept from major leisure brand Hollywood Bowl.  The scheme has created created over 300 jobs and will generate a net additional GVA (Gross Value Added) of around £17m per year”.


A River Feature

The River Roch has been reopened in the town centre, revealing a stunning medieval bridge and creating a charming backdrop for locals and visitors.

Improvements in the pipeline


Work has begun on the refurbishment of Rochdale’s stunning Gothic-revival style Town Hall. This project has received significant support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Grade I listed building will be surrounded by a new town hall square, linked to the nearby Memorial Gardens.

Further developments

Plans are also being brought forward to build more than 200 homes on a vacant site at Central Retail Park close to Rochdale railway station.  The scheme will deliver a mix of high- and low-rise houses, as well as apartments.”

The second phase of Rochdale Riverside called Upperbanks is under development. It will include two blocks of nine and ten story apartment blocks delivering 242 one- and two-bedroom apartments and will also feature a 146-bedroom hotel.

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If you’re looking for managed office space or commercial property to let in Rochdale, Middleton or Heywood you have our full support. The RDA can help you find the perfect premises for your business, however large or small, leaving you free to get on with business.


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