This month, we stole some time from our contractors, Willmott Dixon, to interview Jamie Beard, Senior Building Manager on-site at Rochdale Riverside. The team has been working incredibly hard to ensure a successful development period, so we wanted to sit with them and find out how the scheme is progressing, and what they think it will do for the wider Rochdale community.
Over to you, Jamie!
How long have you been with Willmott Dixon?
I have been with Willmott Dixon 8 ½ years and I am a Senior Building Manager. I really enjoy my role within the business, no two days are the same and we get to deliver projects that make a tremendous positive impact on local communities like Rochdale.
How is work progressing on the Rochdale Riverside scheme?
Work is progressing well with the remediation works to the south block area completed in July. We are also progressing with construction of the new service road including service diversions which, once complete, will allow us to close the remainder of Bailie St and Milton St.
Steel work has also started for the cinema area where you’ll see our structure tower into the sky, and we have begun to tarmac the new service road.
What scale of a project is this for Willmott Dixon?
Although we have projects of similar size in other parts of the country, this is the largest project we have on site in the North West. It seems to have a lot of support, and it’s going to do great things for the community, so it’s quite a special project for us.
What’s been your personal highlight working on the Rochdale Riverside project?
Personally, it has been a pleasure to be part of such a flagship job for the business, and a great challenge working in circumstances which I haven’t done so before. Working close to a live Metrolink stop, various roads running through the middle of the site and within such close proximity to a busy town centre has been interesting to say the least, but our experienced and well-equipped team has ensured a smooth operation throughout.
Do you think Rochdale Riverside will be beneficial to the wider Rochdale community?
We’ve already seen how Rochdale Riverside is creating opportunity with Carl Herbert and Gary Dearden, both Rochdale born and bred, joining us from the army to forge a new career in construction.
We’ll make sure more local people and businesses benefit as much as possible from the project so that we leave a real legacy of skills and jobs. This is a real advertisement for the town centre and will attract more investment to Rochdale that will lead to new jobs and opportunities for Rochdale residents.
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