BDP has won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition to transform Rochdale town centre in the North of England, seeing off a strong shortlist which included Adam Khan Architects, Atkins, Bauman Lyons and Land Use Consultants.
The competition was launched to improve the look of the town centre and better connect the two sides of the River Roch, following plans to reopen it.
BDP’s winning design features glass viewing platforms to allow visitors to see the exposed bridges in more detail as well as extensive greenery around the site.
“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. 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,” said Alan Davies, architect director at BDP.
“It was difficult to choose a winner from such an exceptional shortlist but BDP’s design really stood out. This is an incredibly exciting project and a critical part of our regeneration plans,” said Rochdale Council leader Colin Lambert.
BDP will now work the design up in more detail before resubmitting it to the council. The second stage bid for Heritage Lottery money to reopen the river will be submitted in February with the council expecting the results in the summer.