final stage of demolition to make way for Rochdale’s new shopping and leisure
development, Rochdale Riverside, gets underway next week.
Contractors will move in on Monday (25 July) to start the process of stripping
out and then dismantling Telegraph House, in Baillie Street, in a process which
is expected to take around four months.
The building’s final tenants, the Tribunal Service, have moved into their new
home, the old Post Office on the Esplanade.
The demolition of the 1960s building, which at one time housed council staff,
will dramatically change the Rochdale skyline and make way for the shops and
leisure facilities, which will open as part of the Rochdale Riverside
Leader of Rochdale Borough Council, Councillor Richard Farnell, said: “This
marks the end of an era and the beginning of an exciting new one. It’s great to
know that by 2019, where Telegraph House once stood, we will have new shops and
restaurants. It’s a great time to be in Rochdale. We’re undertaking a £250m transformation
of our town centre and this is the final piece of the jigsaw.”
The job of demolishing Telegraph House will fall to Greater-Manchester-based
Connell Brothers Ltd, who cleared the old bus station and municipal offices in
In a further sign of progress for Rochdale Riverside, Genr8 Developments, who
are working with the council on the scheme, have also commissioned site
investigations, which are expected to get underway in the next few weeks.
The investigations will help inform a detailed planning application on the
scheme, which is expected to be submitted later this year.