Excitement building at development
AN official ‘steel-signing’ ceremony has taken place at the site of the new Riverside project - marking a major construction milestone.
Representatives from the council and contractor, Willmott Dixon, gathered on site to mark the completion of the steel frame for the six-screen cinema building, a major construction milestone.
The cinema will form a large part of the new Rochdale Riverside development, which will also feature a number of restaurants.
A new road, New Baillie Street, which links Penn Street and John Street, will open in the next few weeks, to coincide with the closure of Milton Street and Baillie Street.
The completion of the steelwork is a step forward for the project, which was given a major boost earlier this month when high street giant Marks and Spencer re-affirmed its commitment to the scheme after announcing it wanted to pull out in December last year.
M&S will open a 50,000 square feet two storey store, including a café, in the development. Next, Boots, JD Sports and River Island will also be part of the scheme - expected to open to the public in summer 2020.
Around 50 people are already employed on the construction site, with the scheme expected to create 1,000 permanent new jobs when complete and add £17m a year to the town’s economy.
Councillor Allen Brett, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “There’s been a lot going on at the Rochdale Riverside site and I’m pleased to see they’re making really good progress and are well on schedule. Now we can see huge structures going up, the excitement is really building.”