River Re-opening

A  free celebration event with heritage activities for families will be held 12 noon - 4pm on Saturday 25th June - click here to find out more

Another key part of the £250m regeneration of Rochdale town centre.

The award winning project to re-open the River Roch & expose the towns historic bridge is now complete. 

Rochdale is the only borough in Greater Manchester to have a river running through the heart of its town centre.

Plans to uncover the 800-year-old bridge, which has been hidden from view for over 100 years, were given the green light in December last year when the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) granted £1.2m to the scheme.

VBA Ltd were appointed to carry out the work. The contractor is a joint venture of three well-known companies who have combined to undertake works under the “Water and Environment Management” framework. Between them they have worked on major projects including the Lancaster Flood Defence system, Metrolink and Heysham Power Station.

The Revealing the Roch project will uncover 2 sections of the River, and expose a historic bridge:

  • uncover a section on The Butts in front of the HSBC Bank
  • the 2nd section is on the Esplanade close to Barclays Bank

The work is funded by:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
  • Environment Agency
  • Regional & Coastal Flood Committee
  • Rochdale Council


Click here for more information about the River Roch & how to get involved