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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 & Spencer and Next stores, as well as a six-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 & 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:

Wha​​t's next

Artist impression of Rochdale town centre redevelopment. ​​

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

  • Rochdale Rive​rs​ide a new 200,000 square foot ​​​retail and leisure centre, with Next, M&S and ​Reel cinemas.
  • World famous dinosaur visit – the Natural History Museum’s Diplodocus dinosaur cast, Dippy, is heading to Number One Riverside as part of a national tour, with Rochdale its only North West stop.
  • More improvements to Middleton and Rochdale.​​​​​​