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BDP wins Rochdale town centre design competition in UK

19 Jan 2014 (Last Updated January 19th, 2014 18:30)

Architectural firm BDP has won a competition to transform Rochdale town centre and better connect the two sides of the River Roch in the UK.

Rochdale town centre

Architectural firm BDP has won a competition to transform Rochdale town centre and better connect the two sides of the River Roch in the UK.

Rochdale Borough Council, the Royal Institute of British Architects and Places Matter! organised the competition, which was launched improve the look of the town centre and the connection over the River Roch, once it is re-opened.

BDP beat competition from Adam Khan Architects, Atkins, Bauman Lyons and Land Use Consultants to secure the project.

The architectural firm’s design includes glass viewing platforms to enable visitors to see the exposed bridges in more detail and greenery around the site.

"Integral to our design concept is the interpretation of Rochdale’s rich history as a centre of textile manufacture, radical politics and the co-operative movement."

BDP architect director Alan Davies said the company looks forward to working with the council to develop its winning proposals for the town.

"The town’s centre has great character which our designs aim to enhance. The plan also sets out to create a high-quality environment which is responsive to both the wealth of historic buildings and the town’s medieval bridge, which will be uncovered and repaired as part of the river’s reopening," Davies said.

"Also integral to our design concept is the interpretation of Rochdale’s rich history as a centre of textile manufacture, radical politics and the co-operative movement."

BDP said it will now work on the design in more detailed way, before re-submitting it to the council.

The second stage bid for Heritage Lottery money to re-open the river will be submitted in February this year, with the council anticipating the results in the summer.

Rochdale Council leader Colin Lambert said the project is an important part of its regeneration plans.

"Along with our £100m development agreement, it will move us closer to the fantastic town centre our residents and visitors deserve," Lambert said.


Image: BDP’s design includes glass viewing platforms to enable visitors to see the exposed bridges in more detail. Photo: courtesy of BDP.