Regeneration work in Rochdale town centre has received a funding boost with the allocation of almost £563,000 from the Government’s “Estate Regeneration Fund” towards looking at improvements in College Bank and Lower Falinge.
RBH have been awarded £518,000 to continue their work alongside local residents to plan a brighter future for College Bank and Lower Falinge, and Rochdale Borough Council were also successful in their bid, receiving £45,000.
RBH and renowned architects Levitt Bernstein are working with local residents to develop options about what local streets, open spaces, and new and refurbished homes could look and feel like. Following two sets of community workshops to discuss early ideas, RBH are still listening to the views of local people before developing more detailed proposals for discussion in April.
Clare Tostevin, RBH Director of Communities, said:
“We are delighted that the Government has allocated grant funding to support our work in College Bank and Lower Falinge and that we received the full amount that we bid for. We will be using this funding to continue our work with the community to develop proposals and ensure that they can offer the best possible outcomes for both current and future residents in Rochdale town centre. We are at the very start of this work and this funding will help us to identify and secure the additional investment we expect to make with our partners in these communities.
When the Government announced the Estate Regeneration Fund we said that central Rochdale was an area that needed additional investment. We will continue to work with all those who live and work in these neighbourhoods to identify how additional investment could be best used. This grant will help us to do that.”