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Improving the borough

We're working hard to make Rochdale town centre a better place to live, work and do business.

The main focus for our next phase of regeneration is:

  • Enhancing and protecting our heritage
  • Creating new homes, particularly on brownfield sites
  • Improved transport links
  • Improving our town centres

How we've already improved the borough

A lot of work to improve the borough has already been done. Some of the projects we’ve completed in the past include:

Rochdale Town Hall restoration

Artist impression of what Rochdale Town Hall.

Built in 1871, the Grade I listed Rochdale Town Hall is a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the most well-known historic buildings in the north of England.

Work to restore this spectacular building is underway, following a successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Rochdale Town Hall restoration

Rochdale Fire Station development

Artist impression of Rochdale Fire Station.

Rochdale’s old fire station, which dates back to the 1930s, is undergoing an exciting restoration.

Work has started on:

  • Creating a Fire Service Museum on the ground floor
  • Creating office space upstairs
  • Restoring historical features of the building 
Fire Service Museum work and restoration details

Heritage Action Zones

 Artist impression of South Parade, Rochdale.

We’re supporting the restoration and reuse of historic buildings along Drake Street and South Parade, as part of its designation as a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ). The project aims to breathe new life into this area, which was a thriving shopping district but has lost some of its character.

We're offering a grant as part of this work to property owners to help them restore historic buildings and bring them back into use.

Heritage Action Zone Grant, boundaries and more

Calder Valley Line Community Rail Partnership

The Calder Valley Line Community Rail Partnership aims to improve and promote the Calder Valley Line in Rochdale and Calderdale.

For example, by increasing community involvement, enhancing train stations and protecting current service offerings.

Full details about the Calder Valley Line Community Rail Partnership

Related pages

  • Number One Riverside - award-winning library, customer service centre and council and partner offices.
  • Rochdale Development Agency - helping you find the best property and location for your business, plus expert one-to-one advice.
  • Kingsway Business Park - £315 million business-focused, mixed-use development park of 170 hectares (420 acres) adjacent to the M62 at Junction 21.
  • Development maps - showing plans for developments around the borough.