Ex­cite­ment build­ing at de­vel­op­ment

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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