Rochdale Council is set to meet this afternoon for a special planning meeting to discuss the £60m Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure scheme proposed by Genr8 Developments.
A planning application for the long-awaited town centre project was submitted by Genr8 last November. Rochdale Riverside is set to be delivered in two phases; the council is expected to approve a detailed planning application for the first stage, and an outline application for the second phase.
Designed by TP Bennett Architects, the first phase of Rochdale Riverside totals approximately 200,000 sq ft, consisting of 24 retail and leisure units ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 sq ft, a six-screen cinema operated by Reel Cinemas and around 350 car parking spaces.
The retail units will all be constructed to a height of around 10 metres to allow retailers to trade from both ground and mezzanine levels. M&S and Next have signed up for 50,000 sq ft and 22,000 sq ft stores respectively.
The second phase would deliver four buildings for retail and restaurants of up to 10,000 sq ft, offices of up to 45,000 sq ft, up to 100 homes, a 120-bedroom hotel, and 5,000 sq ft of leisure.
The scheme is being jointly delivered by Genr8 Developments and Kajima in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council. Cheetham & Mortimer and Lambert Smith Hampton are the letting agents.
If approved, a start on site is expected in summer this year.