Rochdale is recognised across the world as the birthplace of the Co-operative Movement and the Rochdale Pioneers who founded the Movement were bold and ambitious for the place where they worked and lived – and so are we.
For 20 years we have been at the heart of projects that have played a significant part in transforming the borough of Rochdale.
From breathing new life into our town centres and harnessing the power of our heritage to developing fantastic business parks and first-class sports facilities, we and our partners are working together to create a borough that is a great place to invest, work and live.
We continue to deliver change and are excited about what is happening, what is about to happen and what the future holds for this unique borough.
Progressive, dynamic and pioneering, Rochdale supports physical regeneration projects of various sizes throughout the borough. Projects that have been completed include the Metrolink extension, bringing trams into the town centre every 12 minutes, a new entrance into the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, and works to uncover sections of the River Roch to reveal a stunning medieval bridge.
A planning application for the new retail and leisure development has been approved, Marks and Spencer, Next and Reel Cinema have signed up to be part of this exciting new development with more announcements coming soon.
Find out more about Rochdale town centre regeneration www.rochdaletowncentre.com.
Rochdale Town Hall is without doubt a building of the highest level of national importance. Its Grade I listing places it the top 2.5% of buildings nationally and was described by the authoritative architectural historian Pevsner “one of the dozen most ambitious High Victorian town halls of England…of rare picturesque beauty, boasting splendid interior schemes”
The town hall’s interior decoration is of “a particular brand of richness never surpassed in Gothic and only seldom equalled in Classical [Town Halls],” according to Colin Cunningham in his 1981 book Victorian and Edwardian Town Halls.
With Council staff moving to new premises at Number One Riverside in March 2013, the RDA undertook a major study to look at sustainable and appropriate future uses for the building. Over the last three years, the RDA, working with Rochdale Council, the local community and our partners Link4Life and Rochdale Music Service, have continued to develop the plans to restore and revive the town hall.
The proposals submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in December 2016 retain the use of Rochdale Town Hall as a key facility for the local community, using its inherent architectural, historic and artistic values as a foundation for greater social inclusion and regeneration. The plans aim to bring a transformational change to the town, a major boost to ongoing regeneration and a reversal in perceptions. Once completed in 2023, Rochdale Town Hall will be a focus for community engagement and a central core for the town’s heritage and cultural quarter.
The vision proposed for Rochdale Town Hall is as ambitious now as when it was first built. A regenerated centre to our town that will have an influential role in raising the aspirations and expectations of the local community and visitors alike, celebrating our diverse heritage and giving the building back to Rochdale.
Bringing a wide range of council services together in one distinctive and contemporary multi-use building, Number One Riverside is home to Rochdale’s iconic new library, customer information point, council offices and other services.
First opening its doors in March 2013, this award-winning workplace was built using a BREAMM excellent approach and features a host of renewable and low carbon technology features.
One of the largest developments in the country, Rochdale’s 420-acre Kingsway Business Park is attracting companies from across the UK and has the potential to create over 7,000 jobs locally.
Already home to major names including ASDA/Wincanton and JD Sports, Kingsway has secured investment in excess of £200m. The development has its own Metrolink stop and enjoys immediate access to the M62.
In short, Kingsway is fast becoming a leading location for industrial, manufacturing and distribution businesses and is already recognised as one of the most sought after business hubs in the North West.
Find out more about Kingsway Business Park
A major industrial estate near Middleton, Stakehill covers over 80 hectares and contains over 2.8 million sq ft of business space. The Estate enjoys excellent road transport links to the national motorway network via the A627(M).
Corporate residents at Stakehill include Aldi, Booker, Dunlop GRG Ltd, DHL and Yodel. There are cutting edge electronics companies such as Geoquip and Simkiss Control Systems and bedding manufacturers, Comfy Quilts.
Working under the banner of ‘The Stakehill Initiative’ with Stakehill’s major private landowner Commercial Estates Group, and Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale Development Agency is driving forward a programme of investment to maximise employment opportunities for local residents and establish Stakehill as a leader within the borough’s portfolio of industrial estates and business parks.
Find out more about Stakehill Industrial Estate