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Plans submitted for Rochdale residential and leisure scheme

18 December 2020

Artist's impression of Riverside Phase 2.

A £50 million scheme to deliver 240 new homes and a 147 bed hotel in Rochdale town centre has been submitted for planning approval.

Delivered in a joint venture partnership between Genr8 Developments and Kajima, in collaboration with Rochdale Development Agency and the council, the scheme will transform a derelict brownfield site as part of the wider £400 million regeneration of Rochdale town centre.

The detailed application proposes 2 apartment blocks, offering city centre style accommodation for private rent. Spanning up to 9 storeys, it will consist of a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. The hotel will comprise 55,000 square feet across 7 floors. The detailed permission also includes 4,089 square metres of office space, but this will only be built out if an occupier is secured.

Contractor Wilmott Dixon is already on site, delivering an enabling works scheme, ready for construction to start next year.

The homes would be built next to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development

The scheme will sit next to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, which opened in April 2020. The £80 million development features a mix of well-known national brands and independents, including M&S, River Island, H&M, Reel Cinema, Puttstars mini golf and Bean Coffee.

Mike Smith from Genr8 Developments said: "This is a significant step-forward in the delivery of the scheme which will support the council's ambitions for housing within the town and also provide a step change in terms of hospitality provision with the delivery of the new hotel.

"The success of projects such as Rochdale Riverside has created a brilliant foundation for the next phase of regeneration and it's great to see the retail and leisure element of the scheme now 87% full with a fantastic mix of occupiers. We are committed to delivering more of the vision we set-out to create a development that's future-focused and community driven."

'With investment continuing to pour in, we're very much pressing ahead with our regeneration plans for the borough'

Rochdale Borough Council Leader, Allen Brett, said: "Creating high quality new homes and redeveloping eyesore brownfield sites is a key focus for us as we continue with our ongoing regeneration programme, which has seen hundreds of millions invested across our borough over the last 10 years.

"The incredible financial challenges the pandemic has presented us has made this continued economic growth even more important and, with investment continuing to pour in, we're very much pressing ahead with our plans to make the borough an even better place to live and work."

Genr8 Management Services Ltd is project manager for the scheme and is represented by RPC Planning. Cartwright Pickard, KKA and AEW are architects for the scheme.