Lower Falinge Housing
The scheme involves the demolition of five 1960s tower blocks

Housing provider secures £2.3m for Rochdale homes

Dan Whelan

The funding from Homes England will go towards Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s 55-unit development in Lower Falinge, which is being built by contractor Engie. 

Construction work started on the site in March and the homes, designed by architecture firm Levitt Bernstein, are a mix of 19 two-bedroom houses and three houses with three bedrooms, alongside 20 one-bed apartments and 13 two-bed apartments. All of the homes will be available through affordable rent. 

The project involves the demolition of five 1960s tower blocks. 

Engie was selected as lead contractor after RBH, a housing cooperative, ran a procurement process advised by property consultancy Avison Young and law firm Pinsent Masons. 

Clare Tostevin, director of growth at RBH, said: “Being able to live in a good-quality home has never been more important. Partnering with Engie and Homes England on this scheme is the latest important milestone in delivering the modern homes and amenities that the community told us are so greatly needed in the town centre.”  

Ed Carroll, Engie’s head of major projects, added: “Engie is focused on working with partners to improve the environment we live in. These new and modern homes will be a fantastic addition to Rochdale town centre and will complement the area’s wider regeneration.” 

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This development goes against the wishes of many of our estates residents and is neither needed or welcomed. RBH has proposed the demolition of several hundred spacious homes and replacing them with less than 120 residential properties non of which will be social housing.

By Kath Thomas

Let`s build another ghetto.

By Anonymous

Whats the betting a private company was to have them they would refurb them and sell that for a profit

By Johnged

An unnecessary development which will become a Council vanity project to get Councillor X’s name in lights then off to a garden party at the Palace and some great jobs in Quango’s for them and various family members. All completely on merit of course.

By Plain Citizen

One advantage of local democracy is that within a very few years our town alders are elected, re-elected or de-elected. Local folk can decide. Thankfully we have no regional federal governments like almost every other Western country, so most key decisions are made by civil servants in London, always to the best advantage of the provincial English peasantry.

By James Yates

This looks like a great scheme, sensitive, well designed and providing much needed affordable housing in a traditional street-based layout replacing a group of worn out and fairly grim tower blocks. What’s not to like?

Let’s hope the council listen to all residents rather than a small bunch of self appointed busy body NIMBYs who do not speak for the whole community.

By Get it built