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Grant to repair historic buildings in Rochdale centre - Heritage Action Zones

Funding is available to go towards repairing certain historic properties in Rochdale town centre. This funding is called the 'Heritage Action Zone Grant'.

What are Heritage Action Zones?

Heritage Action Zones are areas of historic interest which have been selected by Historic England for targeted regeneration. They've created these zones to help encourage economic growth in historic places.

In addition to the grant scheme, the Heritage Action Zone programme includes events and an engagement plan.

Which buildings are eligible for the grant?

The grant scheme is centred on buildings on Drake Street, Rochdale - the historical route from the railway station down to the town hall.

We've identified a target and reserve list of properties in this area which are eligible for the grant.

If you own a property on Drake Street which isn't highlighted on our target or reserve list, we may still be able to provide you with additional support. Please get in touch with us using the contact details on this page.

We're targeting the following buildings to receive the grant. We've chosen these buildings because we think they're most in need of exterior repairs.

  • ​1-3 South Parade
  • 7 South Parade
  • 8 South Parade
  • 9-10 South Parade
  • 11 South Parade
  • 12 South Parade
  • 13 South Parade-2 Drake Street
  • 4 Drake Street
  • 8 Drake Street
  • 10 Drake Street
  • 12 Drake Street
  • 14 Drake Street
  • 32-34 Drake Street
  • 36 Drake Street
  • 55 Drake Street
  • 57-59 Drake Street
  • Champness Hall, Drake Street
  • 82-92 Drake Street
  • 110-112 Drake Street
  • 116-118 Drake Street
  • 120-122 Drake Street
  • 130b Drake Street
  • 130c Drake Street
  • 132 Drake Street
  • 23 Fleece Street
  • 14 Nelson Street
  • Waterside House, 7 Water Street
  • 7-11 Oldham Road
  • Observer Works, Great George Street

The following buildings are also eligible to receive the grant.

  • ​15 Drake Street
  • 17 Drake Street
  • 19 Drake Street
  • 21 Drake Street
  • 23 Drake Street
  • 25 Drake Street
  • 36 Drake Street
  • 54-58 Drake Street
  • 74 Drake Street
  • 83-85 Drake Street
  • 7 Oldham Road
  • 11 Oldham Road

How do I register my interest in the grant scheme?

To register your interest in the Heritage Action Zone Grant Scheme:

  1. Please complete the expression of interest form below and send it to us using the details listed on the form.
  2. We'll aim to contact you within 10 working days to discuss your building in more detail and talk you through the application process.

Deadline to register your interest: midnight on Friday, 31 March 2023.

Expression of interest form (447kb pdf)

What can I use the grant for and how much will I get?

You can use the grant to cover up to 85% of the cost of exterior repairs to your historic property in the Drake Street area. There's no cap on the amount of funding you can receive.

Exterior repairs you can use the grant for include:

  • Re-roofing and leadwork
  • New windows and doors
  • Rainwater goods, such as drainpipes and gutters
  • External joinery
  • Structural timber repairs
  • Masonry repairs
  • Render repairs

Why do we need a Heritage Action Zone in Rochdale?

We hope the Heritage Action Zone will help restore and put back into use historic buildings along Drake Street. Our vision is to transform this failing retail-dominated street into a vibrant area of mixed-use developments, including offices and apartments.

More than 30 buildings along Drake Street are either locally or nationally listed. The buildings vary in style and show impressive examples of Georgian, Victorian and early 20th century architecture. A large proportion of these buildings, however, are in poor condition and are either vacant or don't have a sustainable use.

Drake Street.

Until the early 1980s, Drake Street was Rochdale's premier place to shop. The area originally developed as a commercial, cultural, social and civic focal point of the town with strong connections to the Co-operative Movement. However, a series of local and national influences have affected the area and led to a decline on the street.

What work is taking place as part of this grant?

The following projects are already taking place as part of the Heritage Action Zone grant.

  • Improving properties on South Parade and Lower Drake Street - this involves creating more traditional style shop fronts to better reflect the age of the buildings, some of which date back to the early 19th century. Other work taking place includes repairs to the roofs and original sash windows. Heritage building techniques and materials will be used wherever possible, with Welsh slate being used on the roofs, along with cast iron drain pipes. The project will be complete in November 2021.
  • Converting historic properties on Church Lane - a former solicitors office at 19-21 Church Lane has already been converted into apartments for rent, which are now fully occupied. We are hoping to create a similar housing scheme in the grade II listed property next door, which is the former Deaf and Dumb Institute, and slightly further up the road at number 25 Church Lane. We’ve already received a planning applications for this these sites and the conversion of the deaf and dumb institute is set to be complete before the end of 2021.
  • Redeveloping Waterside House - this building, which was recently awarded grade II listed status, dates back to 1820. The former mill, which overlooks the River Roch in Water Street, was one of the first in Rochdale to convert from water to steam power. We’re engaging with the owner to support the renovation of the building into residential use​.


01706 927000

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Rochdale Development Agency
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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