Rochdale recruiting town hall manager as famous landmark set to re-open in 2023

Redeveloped Esplanade outside the town hall, artist impression.
Computer generated image showing the updated Rochdale Town Hall.

Published: 19 October 2022

An opportunity to run one of the ‘finest Victorian town halls in the UK’ is on offer in Greater Manchester.

Rochdale Borough Council is recruiting a Strategy and Operations Manager to lead the planning, re-opening and future development of Rochdale Town Hall.

The grade one listed landmark building is re-opens next year after a multi-million pound restoration, creating a major visitor attraction and public events space.

Artist impression of redeveloped Town Hall Square.

Rochdale Town Hall Square, which re-opens in 2023.

‘Big opportunity’

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for events said it’s a big moment for Rochdale:

“Town centre regeneration has reshaped the physical landscape over the last decade, delivering major new transport, leisure and business opportunities. Heritage has been central to this, so the re-opening of Rochdale Town Hall presents a big opportunity to engage more with residents and attract far greater numbers of visitors.”

The salary is from £46,858–£50,047 and the role involves ensuring Rochdale Town Hall is a well-managed venue, leading a team to deliver an annual turnover of £1.5 million, creating great visitor and community experiences and delivering significant social and economic benefit.

Dominating the town centre next to the River Roch, the building, a favourite location with film and television crews, was the result of a competition held in 1864. William Henry Crossland won the competition, and the building costing £160,000 (approximately £15 million today) was inaugurated on 27 September 1871. Magnificent in its proportions, it stands as a striking symbol of Rochdale’s stellar place in the world of industrial-era commerce, boasting incredible craftsmanship throughout, rich in heraldry and symbolism.

Closing date for applications is Monday, 7 November 2022.

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