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Strand Topping Out Ceremony

Milestone reached for the new Strand

RBH and Rochdale Council have marked the next milestone in the delivery of the new Strand in Kirkholt with a “topping-out” ceremony on Friday 26th January.

The redevelopment is a partnership between Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH), which will provide a brand new parade of shops and a community hub with a range of facilities. Sixteen new apartments for affordable rent, delivered in partnership with Homes England, will also be provided as part of the scheme.

The project is progressing well and it is anticipated that the community space will be open by summer 2018. The phased approach to the regeneration of the Strand has ensured that local shops and community facilities, including the existing RBH Kirkholt Drop-In Centre, have remained available throughout the construction period. Greater Manchester based Bardsley Construction are delivering the project, which has been designed by Triangle Architects.

To mark the “topping out”, the RBH team were joined by guests including local community representatives, Roly Bardsley, Chairman of Bardsley Construction, and Tony Lloyd MP.

Clare Tostevin, RBH Director of Communities, said:

“We’re really excited that the opening date for the new Strand is getting closer! The new community space together with high-quality new homes and shops will help to revitalise the heart of Kirkholt, and provide a fantastic new facility which will benefit local residents for decades to come”

Cllr John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration at Rochdale Borough Council, said:

“It’s great to see the transformation of the Strand progressing so well. These fantastic new facilities will make a real difference to the Kirkholt community and I’m sure they will be very well used.”

The Strand redevelopment is part of a wider RBH regeneration programme for Kirkholt, which includes recently-completed new homes on Daventry Road and Queens Drive.

Strand Topping Out Ceremony

Strand Topping Out Ceremony

Cake cutting at the Strand Topping Out Ceremony

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