An incredible £16 million redevelopment of Rochdale’s grade I listed town hall is happening as the restoration of the treasured building gets underway.
As one of the best examples of gothic architecture in the country, the project, due for completion in 2023, will restore the famous landmark’s many historic features, including the magna carta mural and ceiling panels in the great hall and its extensive stained glass windows.
A point of pride for those living in and around Greater Manc, the gothic masterpiece was once at the heart of civic life in the borough but is now used mainly for functions.
But the good news is it’s going to be brought back into use for the public, with interpretation set to tell the fascinating story of Rochdale and its people.
The spectacular old library on the first floor will be re-opened and made more accessible to the public than ever before.
Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration at Rochdale Borough Council, said:
“The town hall is a place of majesty and beauty, which is renowned across the country. For that reason, we set the bar extremely high when selecting specialists to lead its restoration. A building so special needs the absolute best and we’re confident we’ve got the calibre here to make this critical project a huge success.”
Tony Barton, Chairman of Donald Insall Associates, added:
“Rochdale Town Hall is one of our great, internationally important civic buildings which has served the people of the borough for 150 years. Our team is proud to have been selected to help deliver this important project to provide a world class focus for residents and visitors as part of the council’s on going transformation of the area.”
The restoration of Rochdale Town Hall is part of the wider £400m regeneration of Rochdale town centre, which has included the award winning river re-opening scheme, the new transport Interchange and town centre Metrolink stop and the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, which will open in 2020.
Big things coming folks!