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A brand new Heritage Conservation Skills Studio will be
created in the basement to enable ongoing restoration
works to take place once the project is complete. Training
opportunities in highly specialised areas like stained glass
and antique furniture restoration will be created in collaboration with local training providers.
With planning permission for the project already granted,
the town hall will close to the public at the end of this
year, to enable work to start on the site in January 2021.
The building is expected to reopen to the public sometime
The area around the town hall will also be redeveloped
as part of the project, through the creation of a brand new
public square which can be used for events and as a stunning open area for visitors and residents to relax.
Council leader, Councillor Allen Brett, said: “Quite simply, the town hall is part of Rochdale’s DNA. It has played
a major role in our past, detailing through its intricate features both our radical political traditions and our role in
the global cotton industry which have shaped the borough we see today. This project means it will now also
play as big a part in our future.
The restoration of the town hall is part of the ongoing
£400m regeneration of Rochdale town centre, which includes the completion of the new shopping and leisure
development, Rochdale Riverside, and the re-opening of
the River Roch and its historic bridge.
“By creating brand new spaces for community use and
making it easier for more people to move around the town
hall, to understand it and to enjoy it, this project will give
this wonderful building back to the people of Rochdale,
to whom it always has and always will belong.
The next phase of regeneration will focus on the continued restoration of the town centre’s extensive heritage,
major public realm improvements and the creation of new
“I’m really grateful to the National Lottery for their support and to the team here who have worked so hard over
a number of years to make this happen.”
Above, a new 'Bright Hall' for community use will be created in space formally used as offices
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