We have kickstarted our work to build over 100 contemporary new homes on the former site of the iconic Castleton Moor Mill in Rochdale. To celebrate the beginning of this exciting project, we put the first spade in the ground while joined by our partners from Homes England, Rochdale Council and the construction contractors for this development, Seddon.
(Left to Right: Cllr Daniel Meredith Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing, Ed Milner Managing Director of Hive Homes, Councillor Billy Sheerin and Councillor Aisling-Blaise Gallagher)
This development built on brownfield land, will offer 3 & 4 bedroom open-market homes and will be called Weavers Fold, a name which pays tribute to the area’s old cotton mill industry. While we’re busy creating homes for the future, it’s important for us to pay careful consideration to the location’s rich history too. Prior to starting the build, we undertook an archaeological dig after consulting with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service and while we didn’t dig up anything of historical interest – it was a pleasure to fully research the land we are now building on.
(A birds eye view from the 1980s, of the area which we are developing into Weavers Fold).
These much-needed homes will be developed over the coming months and each will boast a private garden, an electric vehicle charging point and a contemporary specification. With great connections to amazing green spaces, Rochdale town and Manchester City Centre, these properties will be perfect for growing families or first-time buyers who want a spacious, modern and energy efficient new home.
Here’s what three people close to the project, including our Managing Director, had to say about it:
Ed Milner, Managing Director of Hive Homes, said: “It’s a real pleasure to bring these much needed, high-quality homes to the area of Castleton in Rochdale. We appreciate the support that Rochdale Council and members of the community have given us for this development, and we hope that the proposed transfer of a third of the Site to the Council, for a new Primary School, will be well received by the community too.”
Rochdale Portfolio Holder for Highways and Housing, Cllr Daniel Meredith said: “This development will mark a welcome addition to the range of housing available in Castleton and will add to the vibrancy of the area.
“It realises our first priority of building on brownfield sites as the primary way to offer new housing in the borough.
“We have similar aspirations for Heywood with new homes in the pipeline that I hope will be constructed in the near future.”
Jeff Hook, Construction Director for Seddon said: “We’re delighted to be working with Hive Homes again and happy to continue creating new family homes in Rochdale. The contemporary and energy-efficient standards of these homes show the forward-thinking nature of the partnership as we strive to deliver homes that meet the demands of the local community. We’re confident these 100+ new homes will be a welcome addition to the surrounding area.”