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Improving the borough

The council is working hard to make Rochdale town centre a better place for shoppers, visitors and businesses. We're in the middle of a £250 million regeneration programme that has already brought improvements like a new transport interchange, the Number One Riverside building and the award-winning Revealing the Roch project.

One of the final projects will be the completion of the new Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure complex, which will contain new Marks and Spencer and Next stores, as well as a 6-screen cinema operated by Reel.

The borough has benefitted from unprecedented levels of investment in recent years, with money from the council, private sector and organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) helping to improve a number of areas.

In Middleton our Townscape Heritage Initiative has seen the restoration of a number of buildings created by the late Arts and Crafts architect Edgar Wood, while the planned redevelopment of Warwick Mill is expected to bring £50 million into the local economy.

What we've done

Picture of the River Roch.

Working with partners, we've completed a number of projects to improve the lives of residents, business and ​visitors. These include:

What we're doing

Cocka Doodle Moo restaurant with staff outside

​​​​We're working hard to make the area more attractive to residents, business and visitors ​in a number of ways by:

  • Rochdale Rive​rs​ide a new 200,000 square foot ​​​retail and leisure centre, with Next, M&S and ​Reel cinemas.
  • Reducing business rates in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton town centres, which has seen vacancy rates in Rochdale town centre ​reduce from 23% to 13%.
  • Further promoting the 3 hours FREE parking​ in council owned town centr​e car parks​ to encourage visitors.
  • Restoring ​Middleton town centre​​​ historic buildings​​​​​​​​​ as part of a £3 million project.​
  • Letting ready-to-go workspaces for business​ with a wide range of complementary support services available on demand.
  • Applying for a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant funding for a new Greater Manchester Fire Museum in Maclure Road, renovating the art deco building, trebling its floor space, and introducing interactive displays and new exhibits, a café and dedicated education space.
  • Replacing the paving along Lower Yorkshire Street and Baillie Street with traditional natural stone. To make it easier for shoppers to move around the area, the street will be traffic free between 10am and 6pm.
  • Restoring the historic wooden setts in King Street by removing damaged setts and ordering new ones to restore this unique area.

What's next

Artist impression of Rochdale town centre redevelopment. ​​

​Future plans for improving the borough of Rochdale include:​​

  • More rail improvements as part of the multi million pound Northern Hub programme. By 2018, Rochdale will be linked directly to Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road, and by 2019, a direct service will run from Rochdale to Manchester Airport.

In this section

  • ​River Roch - uncovered with its historic bridge as part of a wider £250 million regeneration programme.
  • 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.