A Town Hall reborn

Rochdale Town Hall on a sunny day.

In 2021 work began to restore the building to its former glory, some 150 years after it was first completed. It will be a magnificent reminder of Rochdale’s rich history but also a warm, welcoming public space with a breath-taking backdrop for celebrations and events. Outside, Town Hall Square will provide a place for the local community to come together.

How it started

A carved figure.

Over time the town hall fell into a poor state of repair and its restoration became vital in preserving the building for future generations. A digital scan carried out by the Archaeology Department at Salford University then revealed a treasure trove of forgotten rooms and obscured features.

A phased approach

2 workers surveying the spire on top of Rochdale Town Hall.

Funded by the council, phase 1 of the restoration project got underway in January 2021 with major structural works carried out on the building.

With additional support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Phase 2 began in summer 2021, with work due to be completed in spring 2024. During this time-consuming and labour-intensive period, the building will be made accessible to everyone. Phase 2 brings the town hall’s historic rooms to life, opening up hidden spaces and providing a brand new visitor attraction and community driven space for the people of Rochdale.

Thanks to you

Somebody working on the restoration of the stained glass at Rochdale Town Hall.

The ongoing regeneration of the town hall has been made possible with the expert help of specialists from across the North of England and local volunteers. Community involvement has been at the heart of the project and this spring, the doors of the town hall will open for the first time as a space that’s accessible to everyone.

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