Rochdale Riverside Phase Two
Cartwright Pickard KKA Architecture and AEW Architects are all involved in the scheme's design

Hilton chosen at £70m Rochdale Riverside phase two

Genr8 Developments and Japanese funder Kajima have confirmed that the chain will operate a 146-bedroom hotel within the town centre regeneration project, after plans for the second phase were approved yesterday. 

Rochdale Council voted to grant the joint venture consent for the £70m mixed-use scheme, which features 242 apartments and a 44,000 sq ft office, as well as the Hampton by Hilton hotel. 

“This is another significant step forward in the wider regeneration of Rochdale,” said Mike Smith, founding partner at Genr8 Developments.

“This scheme will deliver high-quality hospitality, living and working space in a sustainable, thriving, and eclectic neighbourhood. Having a major brand such as Hilton as part of the development at this stage is extremely exciting.” 

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The office element will only be built if an occupier can be secured prior to construction

The four-building cluster is to be constructed on land off John Street next to the first phase of Rochdale Riverside, a 200,000 sq ft retail and leisure complex, that completed last year.  

Genr8 and Kajima are delivering the project, which forms part of the wider £400m town centre revamp, in collaboration with Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale Council.  

The residential element is to be delivered across two separate blocks, reaching nine and 10 storeys.  

A total of 242 apartments will be provided, comprising a mix of studio, one-, and two-bedroom build-to-rent apartments.  

Providing 146 bedrooms, the seven-storey Hampton by Hilton hotel is to be situated at the corner of Penn Street and New Baillie Street. The ground floor of the 55,000 sq ft building would feature a lobby, reception, bar, and restaurant.  

A 44,000 sq ft office is also proposed and would be built off Penn Street to the north of the 2.2-acre site.  

The council has previously stated that the five-storey office element of the project would only be delivered if an occupier can be secured prior to construction. 

The residential element is designed by architect Cartwright Pickard and the hotel is being designed by Liverpool-based KKA Architecture. AEW Architects has designed the office portion. 

Contractor Willmott Dixon is on site preparing the site for the main phase of construction.

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Oh dear. Perhaps it’s just the poor images that aren’t selling it. But the engagement of the buildings at street level seems lacking in consideration. Overall the design feels nondescript and bereft of any identity. Where’s the sense of place that would underpin this “eclectic neighbourhood”? The sentiment – and of course the investment, is positive for Rochdale, and very welcome, but the quality in these proposals is questionable. On the plus side – great to see so many balconies.

By Jeremy