Construction contractor appointed to major regeneration scheme and planning to recruit 20,000 jobs in Rochdale
Construction contractor John Sisk and Son has been appointed to build the new 2.2km link road from junction 19 of the M62 motorway across to Pilsworth Road, in a major step forward for the regional regeneration scheme.
The contractor was selected by Rochdale Borough Council following a competitive tendering process.
The appointment paves the way for work to start on the new road, which is expected to support the creation of 1,000 new homes, a new primary school, and more than 135,000 square metres of employment space.
It follows the announcement of £10m from the Government’s £900m Getting Building Fund to support the delivery of the road as part of its commitment to help drive forward ‘shovel ready’ schemes which have the potential to provide huge economic benefits in the local area.
Preparatory works by Sisk are expected to start in the Autumn, with road completion set for Spring 2022.
The scheme, which is being delivered by Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale Borough Council in conjunction with Russell Homes, is estimated to be worth £175m a year to the local economy once complete and is set to create around 2,800 full-time equivalent jobs.
As part of the contract, Sisk is aiming to:
- Recruit 80% of project staff from Rochdale and the surrounding area
• Create a number of traineeships and work experience opportunities
• Ensure 65% of project spend is with local suppliers (within a 20-mile radius of the project)
• Generate volunteering opportunities for the local community, with 50-plus volunteering days to be provided
The new link road is part of the borough’s growth plan, which sets out the major economic developments the council and RDA is aiming to progress over the next decade.
This includes the creation of 20,000 jobs and 12,000 homes, alongside major transport improvements, including the implementation of a tram-train connecting Heywood with Castleton and Rochdale.
Find out more about the project here.