Rochdale Fire Station

Rochdale Fire Station is an art deco gem from the 1930s, and one of the town’s historic landmarks. The RDA has been instrumental in securing £3.7m of funding for a scheme that is currently transforming the much-loved building for vibrant new use, mixing a new museum space for the Greater Manchester Fire Service with a co-working office for digital and creative start-ups. The building is expected to reopen in summer 2021.

The old engine hall

The ground floor was once home to the town’s fire engines and now houses a new improved and expanded museum celebrating the work and sacrifice of the Greater Manchester Fire Service. Fireground is five times bigger than the previous museum, and shows previously unseen collections to go on public display for the first time. The project has restored the original features like the tower and the huge engine bay doors, and the creation of a brand new cafe. It’s supported by a £1.9m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The old ballroom

Upstairs, the old ballroom has been transformed into Fire Up, a vibrant new co-working space for start-up businesses. Historic features in the space, including the stained glass on the ceiling, has been carefully restored.

The RDA helped secure a £1m grant from the government’s Town’s Fund acceleration fund along with a £699,774 investment from the European Regional Development Fund.

The bigger picture

The project is at the heart of the Station Gateway area, part of the council and RDA’s new rail strategy, which aims to revitalise land around the borough’s five railway stations: Rochdale, Castleton, Littleborough, Smithy Bridge and Mills Hill. Long term, the strategy aims to create 7,000 new homes along the Rochdale rail corridor alongside new business space, enhanced public realm and other community facilities.

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