Improvements to Rochdale's riverside and better shops and amenities are what local residents most want to see from redevelopment, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council's town centre committee heard this week. These were the findings of a public consultation by the council and Rochdale Development Agency on proposals for a £100 million investment in improved transport links, a bus station, modern shops, offices and housing. A brief that includes the survey's results will be sent to prospective developers next year. A second round of consultation will take place next summer before a preferred developer is chosen.
A £12 million extension to Lymedale Business Park has moved a step closer after Priority Sites was chosen as preferred developer. Staffordshire County Council appointed the firm to transform the former Holditch Colliery in Newcastle-under-Lyme into 100,000m2 of commercial space. Phase one includes seven office blocks and six light industrial blocks along with car parking. A further four blocks combining office, assembly and storage space are planned. Construction will begin next month.
Companies are being invited to redevelop the grade II listed former ABC Cinema on Lime Street in Liverpool. English Partnerships, which has a 150-year lease on the 961m2 building from Liverpool City Council, suggested that it could be turned into a museum, concert hall or sporting venue.
The building's transformation is seen as a key part of wider regeneration plans, including the £920 million retail-led Liverpool One redevelopment scheme.
Plans have been approved for a £4 million refurbishment of Tithebarn House, one of the most recognisable buildings in the Liverpool commercial district. The 10,219m2 building will have its facade and interior transformed by owner Dunedin. A mixture of retail and office space will be built and flooring will be added at ground-floor level to allow vacant sites to be redeveloped as retail outlets. Wheelchair access will also be improved.
Plans to redesign Blackpool's seafront have progressed after seven design teams were shortlisted this week. LDA Design, EDAW, Fluid and Studio BAAD are among those chosen to prepare designs for the People's Playground by 22 January next year. This will be followed by a public exhibition of all the designs. Urban regeneration company ReBlackpool, along with the Northwest Development Agency and Blackpool Council, will announce the winner in February.