The 7th annual Rochdale Borough Design Awards celebrate the best in new development design, focusing on the relationship between good design and building successful communities. Buildings and regeneration projects have been put forward by local people.
Nominations will be shortlisted for either of the awards:
- Rochdale Borough Design Award - decided by a panel of experts
- Rochdale Borough People’s Design Award - decided by this public vote
The judges may also decide to make additional awards.
Vote for your favourite design
The shortlist for this year's Rochdale Borough Design Awards has been announced and it's time for you to rate them.
You can only vote once. The building with the most votes wins. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony in January 2018.
Voting closes: 5pm on Monday, 11 December 2017.
Buildings or regeneration projects you can vote for
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Restoration of 51-53 Rochdale Road, Middleton
This pair of semi-detached houses was designed in 1900 by the renowned architect Edgar Wood who lived in Middleton. They are Grade 2 listed and an exceptional example of Wood's work in the Arts and Crafts style, in a prominent location contributing strongly to the sense of place of the area. The houses have been restored through the Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative grant scheme, with extensive work taking place to restore original features, including leaded light windows, a full re-roof in natural stone slate, stone repairs and restoration of the front doors. The boundary wall has been rebuilt in a herringbone pattern, with railings restored and painted. The restoration was carried out to a high standard, using traditional materials such as lime mortar and natural stone to match the existing. The restoration of these houses has contributed positively to the street scene in Middleton and greatly enhanced this prominent corner, as well as showcasing and protecting the work of Edgar Wood.
Flats at Daventry Road, Kirkholt
These 11 new 2-bedroom flats for over 55's have been designed by Triangle Architects and completed by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing. The development creates a unique and distinctive gateway into the urban fabric of Kirkholt that enhances the street scene. By using brick and rich and deep render colours to separate out elements of the building it does not read as a singular mass on the site and strongly supports the existing environment. The development has been designed to retain and enhance the character of the area, with the building line maintained, taking advantage of the corner position, and uses materials and colours that respect its neighbours. The central staircase has been emphasised to give the development presence, with the use of coloured glass. By moving the building forward incidental space to the frontage has been minimised, reducing opportunities for anti-social behaviour. The development has been designed to meet the need for high-quality homes for older people in the local area, with all rooms freely accessed by wheelchair and large and accessible communal spaces, dedicated parking and level access including an internal lift. Local amenities are just a short walk away. The development has been constructed with the use of a fabric first approach, meaning the strategy does not rely on renewable energy solutions that would normally require long term maintenance strategies. The dwelling emission rates of CO2 were below target emission rates and the dwelling fabric energy efficiency greatly exceeded target rates.
Houses at Longridge Drive, Heywood
Phase Two of this development incorporates two and three bed houses and bungalows, all for affordable rent. The homes are of traditional design with a contemporary twist, in keeping with surrounding properties and consistent with Phase One. Brick bays introduce a strong rhythm to the street scene, low maintenance cladding softens the scheme's appearance and creates a more human scale at the point of entry. Corner plots feature corner bays and dual aspect properties to address all street frontages. The design of the dwellings and their associated parking spaces, boundary fences and landscaping maintains a sense of consistent passive surveillance and naturally reduces traffic speeds. Massing, detailing and layout all ensure that the routes through and to the development are legible to all. The orientation of homes is designed to provide optimum solar orientation, with living rooms enjoying a southern aspect and insulation is maximised to northern elevations. The bungalows meet 'lifetime homes' standards. A 'fabric first' approach has been taken, with high levels of insulation, rainwater attenuation, removal of contamination, low maintenance materials and soft landscaping having due regard to the ecological survey. Gas and electric meters are accommodated in such a way as to avoid dominating the front elevations.
Refurbishment of Newgate House - Tetrosyl headquarters, Rochdale
The refurbishment of Newgate House in Rochdale town centre to provide the headquarters for Europe's largest car care products company Tetrosyl, comprising stylish research laboratories, showrooms and offices. Tetrosyl's arrival transformed the site, which had not been fully occupied since the Department for Work and Pensions moved out at the end of 2011. Accommodating over 130 staff, the refurbishment has also been a boost to the regeneration of the town centre. There is a modern double storey entrance, a Bistro with a 'mini museum' and a major feature is the Engine Room, featuring social seating areas. Staff amenities include shower rooms, break out areas and a multi-faith room. The building helps Tetrosyl to stay at the forefront of the market as well as local community initiatives.
Refurbishment and extension to the 'Bird at Birtle', Heywood
An up-market gastro-pub development which epitomised the contemporary quality brand that had been established by the owner Andrew Nutter's existing restaurant. The brief was to retain the character of the original pub and enhance it with a fresh modern approach to the extensions and refurbishments. Discussions took place with the council to establish an approach which would deliver this, whilst also dealing with the issue of sensitive development within the greenbelt. The glass fronted rear extension makes the most of the great views of the open countryside to the rear, and provides an inviting and welcoming frontage and entrance from the car park. Inside the character of the original property has been retained and enhanced, whist providing an airy and relaxed modern dining experience. A simple palette of materials has been chosen, with uncomplicated detailing, helping to marry the old and new sections together in a complimentary fashion.
Refurbishment of the Wellington Hotel, Rochdale
The 3-storey Wellington Hotel, one of the most historic buildings in Rochdale, and the town's leading coach house during the Victorian period, has been re-opened as a bar with a traditional British menu set to be served by the end of the year, forming a key part of the regeneration of the area. Drinks are served in vintage-modern style surroundings, with grandfather clocks, Victorian fireplaces and chandeliers. There will also be a function room and office space. Each room is themed – some cosy, with 1920s-style lamps, while others will be like a gentleman's club from the Victorian period.
River Roch re-opening, Rochdale town centre
This scheme, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Environment Agency, is part of the town centre regeneration and enhancement of the town's rich heritage. The original bridge was built in the medieval period and expanded as the town grew, with sections dating back to the Regency, Georgian and Restoration periods: it played a key role in the development of the town. During the early 1900s the bridge and river were covered and were hidden from view. The reopened river is expected to bring an extra £6.72 million into Rochdale's economy over the next ten years. The scheme comes with flood risk benefits worth £4.42 million, including flood protection for 40 properties and improved drainage for a further 500 - it also reduced the impact of the Boxing Day floods by helping to prevent flood water reaching the town hall. The project will also help attract wildlife – brown trout, kingfishers and wagtails have been spotted in recent months. Trees and benches have been installed around the reopened river to enhance the area.
Shortlisting for the awards took place in October 2017.
Make a nomination
Anyone can nominate a development as long as it was completed after 1 January 2016, or very close to completion.
It could be something that’s caught your eye with an unusual or striking design, a project that blends in well with its surroundings, something with innovative ‘green’ features or perhaps a user-friendly community development. Whatever you like about the building, public space, conservation or regeneration project, let us know.
Suggestions can be from any part of the borough - Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood or the Pennines.
Please read the judging criteria before making your nomination. Please note that some of the judging criteria might not apply to your nomination:
- Respond positively to context
- Respond positively to the site and contribute to a distinctive sense of place
Safety and inclusion
- Respond positively to making routes, streets and public spaces as safe and accessible as possible
- Minimise opportunities for crime against car and cycle users
- Minimise opportunities for crime against property and the occupants of buildings
- Incorporate a mix of uses
- Provide for the needs of all sections of society
- Support variety and choice in the public realm
Ease of movement
- Provide or enforce a clear network of routes
- Location that supports movement by means other than a car
- Priority given to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists
Designing for future maintenance
- Think about maintenance early in the design process
- Design for easy maintenance of buildings, streets and spaces
- Contribute to a legible environment
- Relate positively to the visual connections between the development and its surroundings
- Development capable of accommodating the changing and future needs of society
- Design to reduce energy demands, including incorporating renewable energy technologies
- Incorporation of measures to conserve water resources and prevent flooding
- Make provision for the sustainable management and discharge of waste
- Make a positive contribution to the greening of the urban environment and supporting biodiversity
- Buildings that are robust, durable and age well
- Construction methods and materials which contribute to the sustainable use of resources
Good streets and spaces
- Make a positive contribution to streets and other public spaces
- Make a positive contribution to the street scene
- Support an attractive, pedestrian-friendly environment
- Support a comfortable microclimate and protection from inclement weather
Well designed buildings
- Contribute to a distinctive sense of place
- Scale of new development should be appropriate and sensitive to its context
- Form and massing should respond positively to the topography of the site, be derived from the functions of the building and create interest
- Proportion should be broken down into human-scale elements to which people can relate, take cues from neighbouring buildings and the wider area and introduce appropriate vertical and horizontal rhythms
- Introduce visual richness through the use of good quality materials, texture and 'depth'