Willmott Dixon has won a contract from Genr8 Developments to build the £80m Rochdale Riverside mixed-use development in Greater Manchester, England.
A joint venture between Genr8 and Kajima will deliver the project in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council.
The development will comprise 200,000ft2 of retail and leisure accommodation in the centre of the town. This will include a six-screen cinema, which will be built above the retail units.
A central pedestrian street will be a key feature of the project.
Boots, JD Sports and River Island had announced that they will invest more than £3m in new stores within the development, which is more than 60% let ahead of the commencement of construction.
Willmott Dixon, which will use local companies whenever possible, expects to spend more than £20m with companies across Greater Manchester in areas such as groundwork, steelwork, roofing and cladding.
The company will host a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event so that local companies can find out more about the work packages.
The North West team of Willmott Dixon based in Oldham will collaborate with architect TP Bennett to deliver the scheme by 2020.
Genr8 Developments partner Mike Smith said: “We are very pleased to announce Willmott Dixon as lead contractor and look forward to seeing work commence on-site later this month.
“The scheme is now over 60% let and with works commencing on-site we expect to be able to announce further lettings soon.”
Willmott Dixon managing director in the North West Anthony Dillon said: “We are delighted to have been appointed for this flagship project which will be a fantastic new addition for the town as well as a catalyst to encourage new inward investment.
“We’ll also support the local economy by using businesses from the area whenever possible during the build programme; we want to leave a lasting legacy that all can be proud of.”