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Rochdale Town Centre

Design proposals sought to bring life back to Rochdale Town Centre.

Deadline for receipt of designs is 2.00pm on Tuesday 10 September 2013.

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, the RIBA and Places Matter! are challenging teams of urbanists worldwide to be inspired and inspire others in bringing life back to Rochdale’s streets.

The main focus of the competition is on the public realm and ginnels around the revealed River Roch as well as the historic bridge in the Butts. Entrants are invited to think about the wider influence and potential of their proposals in particular how the disjointed parts of the town centre may be reconnected. Rochdale MBC plan to reveal the Roch by opening sections of the river through The Butts and restoring the medieval bridge to transform the centre of Rochdale. The ‘discovery’ of the medieval bridge, unknowingly crossed by thousands of people every day is of the utmost significance and will instil a sense of pride, hope and identify for Rochdale. Design proposals are sought befitting of the historic backdrop to bring life and reconnect the streets of Rochdale.

Chris Smith, English Heritage’s National Planning and Conservation Director said “English Heritage has long known and valued the assets at the heart of Rochdale and is delighted to be supporting the exciting steps towards further revealing, enhancing and tying together the centre. By aspiring to the quality of creative thinking which an international design competition can unlock, Rochdale shows admirable ambition. I look forward to the further improvement of an already great place.”

The competition is open to architects, landscape designers/architects, urban designers and heritage professionals worldwide. Entries from emerging designers are welcomed and encouraged and where appropriate this may require a collaborative approach. Stage 1 entries will be judged anonymously and five teams will shortlisted to proceed to the second stage with each receiving an honoraria payment of £3,000 +VAT.

For further details about the Rochdale Town Centre Competition and how to register for the competition please visit

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