Plans submitted for £50m Rochdale residential and leisure scheme

How the scheme could look
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A £50m 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 Rochdale Borough Council, the scheme will transform a derelict brownfield site as part of the wider £400m regeneration of Rochdale town centre.

The detailed application proposes two apartment blocks, offering city centre-style accommodation for private rent.

Spanning up to nine storeys, it will consist of a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments.

The hotel will comprise 55,000 sq ft across seven floors. The detailed permission also includes 4,089 sq m 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 scheme will sit next to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, which opened in April.

The £80m 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.”

Plans for the scheme

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 is project manager for the scheme and is represented by RPC Planning.

Cartwright Pickard, KKA and AEW are architects for the scheme.

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