Plans to build over 240 new homes on a derelict brownfield site in central Rochdale have taken a major step forward, with enabling works set to start imminently.

Rochdale Riverside Phase 2, which also includes a hotel, is being delivered by Rochdale Development Agency on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council, in partnership with Genr8 Developments and Kajima.

Contractors Wilmott Dixon have been awarded the £2.7 million enabling works contract to ready the site ahead of the start of main construction work in spring 2021.

Manchester-based property management company, Urbanbubble, has also been appointed to support the wider design and development team for Rochdale Riverside Phase 2 as consultants on the project.

The project is part of the £400 million regeneration of Rochdale town centre, which includes the opening of the retail and leisure complex, Rochdale Riverside Phase 1, earlier in 2020. Phase 1, which is next to the Phase 2 site, has brought major names into the town centre, including Next, H&M, Reel Cinema and the Puttstars mini golf complex.

Rochdale Riverside Phase 2, which will comprise one and 2-bedroom apartments for rent, also provides a push for Rochdale council’s plans to deliver more than 10,500 new homes over the next 2 decades. These will be focussed on sustainable sites such as town centres and around the borough’s 5 railway stations, as part of the council’s brownfield preference approach to housing development.

The work follows the announcement that more than 200 homes will be delivered at the former Central Retail Park site

The start of work on site follows hot on the heels of the announcement by Manchester-based developers, Capital and Centric, that they’re working with Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Development Agency to deliver over 200 new homes at the former Central Retail Park, another derelict brownfield plot, less than a mile from the Rochdale Riverside site. The Capital and Centric scheme will deliver a mix of high and low-rise homes, alongside apartments.

Council leader, Allen Brett, said: “The delivery of high quality new homes to serve our growing population and attract new residents is a vital part of our strategy to transform the borough, which has already seen the successful opening of a new shopping and leisure complex, the delivery of world class heritage projects like the reopening of the River Roch and much more.

“This new development will attract people who want to live in a thriving town centre with excellent shops, leisure facilities and transport links right on their doorstep. It will also bring an important brownfield site back into use and transform this key part of the town centre.


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