The final stage of demolition to make way for Rochdale’s new shopping and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside, gets underway next week.
Demolition contractor Connell Brothers will move in on Monday 25 July to start the process of stripping out and then dismantling 1960s Telegraph House, in Baillie Street, in a process which is expected to last around four months.
The building’s final tenants, the Tribunal Service, have moved into their new home, the old Post Office on the Esplanade.
Cllr Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Council, said: “This marks the end of an era and the beginning of an exciting new one. It’s great to know that by 2019, where Telegraph House once stood, we will have new shops and restaurants. It’s a great time to be in Rochdale. We’re undertaking a £250m transformation of our town centre and this is the final piece of the jigsaw.”
Rochdale Riverside developer Genr8 expects to begin site investigations in the next few weeks. The investigations will help inform a detailed planning application on the scheme, which is due to be submitted later this year.