Borough Council has announced it intends to appoint market turnaround
specialists Quarterbridge to take forward the redevelopment of Rochdale’s new
The decision means the ambition to create a thriving new market for Rochdale
town centre is closer to being realised, with the council proposing to formally
appoint the company in the coming weeks.
Consultants Quarterbridge were selected following a formal procurement process,
with the council looking for an operator which can make the market an important
part of a vibrant and successful town centre, helping to attract more visitors
and focus on high-quality products, particularly fresh food.
Bidders were also asked to think about how they could promote and attract
traders, and turn the market into a high-quality niche offer, to set it apart
from other locations.
Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “What we
want for Rochdale is a thriving market, which will be a focal point of our
regenerated town centre and attract visitors from far and wide, as well as
providing a great, high quality shopping offer for our residents, alongside our
new shopping and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside.
“With many years of experience both advising and running markets up and down
the country, we feel that Quarterbridge are in the best position to drive these
A planning application for the new market was submitted late last year, with
plans to move it from its temporary base to a new, permanent location on the
Butts next to the re-opened River Roch, with the potential to create an indoor
market hall and trader facilities in the neighbouring former Santander
building, which the council has now purchased.