Rochdale Town Centre
Rochdale is a town centre on the up. 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 is currently delivering a £400 million 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. This year the building is hosting Dippy the Dinosaur, the Natural History Museum’s touring Diplodocus skeleton, in its imposing glass-sided atrium.
The new £80 million Rochdale Riverside leisure and retail scheme opened for business in April 2020, and the tenant line-up includes 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. More new tenants are expected to occupy the scheme in the coming months. The opening of the scheme and the tenant line up is a vote of confidence in the rejuvenation of Rochdale town centre. The scheme will create over 300 jobs and generate 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 £16 million 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.
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, known as ‘Neighbourhood Rochdale’ will deliver a mix of high- and low-rise houses, as well as apartments.”
Rochdale for work
The combination of a proud past and a modern outlook is enthusing business and bringing jobs to Rochdale. The town centre offers affordable managed work and office space and access to a large, skilled and cost-effective labour force. Excellent transport links mean Manchester City Centre is just 15 minutes away, and three junctions link Rochdale to the M62 and, with it, three of the top five largest urban areas in England.
Our full support
If you’re looking for managed office space or commercial property to let in Rochdale, 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.