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Wates lined up for £70m Rochdale town centre regen

Wates has been lined up to deliver a major £70m regeneration of Rochdale town centre, Construction News understands.

CN understands that developer Genr8 has lined up Wates as main contractor for the 200,000 sq ft scheme, which includes 24 retail and leisure units, around 350 parking spaces, and a six-screen cinema.

The scheme has been designed by architects TP Bennett, while Arcadis is acting as project manager.

Marks & Spencer and Next have already signed up as anchor tenants for 50,000 sq ft and 22,000 sq ft of retail space respectively.

Plans were approved by Rochdale Council in April this year, despite objections from Mars Real Estate Investment, which owns the nearby Exchange Shopping Centre.

Mars Real Estate asked for measures to limit the impact and ability of the new scheme to “poach existing retailers” from its Exchange Shopping Centre.   

However, Genr8’s planning consultants DPP claimed that it was “nothing more than a commercial objection from a property owner seeking to maintain the status quo within the town centre”.     

The council also gave outline planning approval to the second phase of the project, which includes a 120-bed hotel, offices, a maximum of 100 residential units and additional commercial space.

Genr8 Developments development director Stuart Dick said: “No contractor appointment has been made on our Rochdale town centre development but we hope to be in position to confirm an appointment by the end of October.”

Wates declined to comment.

TP Bennett's Rochdale Riverside scheme

TP Bennett’s Rochdale Riverside scheme

TP Bennett’s Rochdale Riverside scheme

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