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FOCUS ON ROCHDALE FEATURE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Six figure plus investment gives investors a million reasons to come to Rochdale 26 WITH £160M invested in Rochdale town centre since 2010, it’s clear that nothing short of a total transformation of this borough is good enough for the town’s business-friendly council and its investment company, Rochdale Development Agency. Economic growth and jobs are front and centre of the council’s priorities. In Rochdale town centre, the borough’s ‘shop window’, old 1970s buildings have been razed to the ground and replaced with the multi-award winning council , library and customer service building, Number One Riverside, a new transport interchange and town centre Metrolink stop. A new sixth form college and leisure centre have also joined the swelling ranks of new structures, whose size and scale underline the council’s big ambition for the place. But in Rochdale there’s a place for the old and new, and when looking to create a successful town centre, the town’s stunning heritage is an obvious asset to mine. The borough’s nationally-recognised Grade I-listed town hall, which already hosts weddings and big ticket events, including the country’s largest gin festival which made its debut in 2016, has the potential to play a much more substantial role in the fast developing town centre. The council has already secured a number of quick wins in the building, including transforming its tired old bistro into an elegant restaurant serving quality food and drink and afternoon teas. The borough is hoping its major Heritage Lottery Fund bid will take care of the big vision for the building, which involves a major programme of restoration work and the creation of a smaller hall, known as The Bright Hall, to complement the building’s Great Hall and serve as a community space and location for smaller functions. 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