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Rochdale Borough Design Awards 2019

The 8th annual Rochdale Borough Design Awards celebrate the best in new development design, focusing on the relationship between good design and building successful communities.

Make a nomination

To nominate a development:

  1. You can nominate any development as long as:
    • It was completed after 1 January 2018 or very close to completion on this date.
    • The development is from any part of the borough: Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood or the Pennines.
  2. Read the judging criteria below to help you decide on a development to nominate.
  3. Complete the nomination form and send it to us using the contact details on the form.
  4. Make sure we receive your nomination by the closing date.

Closing date for nominations: Midnight on Monday, 27 May 2019.

Nomination form for Rochdale Borough Design Awards (305kb pdf)

Judging criteria

Please read the judging criteria before making your nomination. Please note that some of the judging criteria might not apply to your nomination:

  • Character: respond positively to context and 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 and minimise opportunities for crime against property and the occupants of buildings.
  • Diversity: 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 and design for easy maintenance of buildings, streets and spaces.
  • Legibility: contribute to a legible environment and relate positively to the visual connections between the development and its surroundings.
  • Adaptability: development capable of accommodating the  changing and future needs of society.
  • Sustainability:
    • 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, other public spaces and 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' 

Award categories

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 public vote.

The judges may also decide to make additional awards.

Shortlisting and voting for your favourite design

The shortlist for Rochdale Borough Design Awards 2019 will be announced after the nominations close.

We'll add the link to vote along with the developments shortlisted here.

Last year's winners

In 2018, River Roch re-opening in Rochdale town centre collected the Rochdale Borough Design Award. The restoration of 2 semi-detached housed designed by famous local architect Edgar Wood at 51-53 Rochdale Road in Middleton won the People's Design Award.

2018 Rochdale Borough Design Award Winner - River Roch re-opening

River Roch re-opening. 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.

River Roch.

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.

2018 People's Design Award Winner - restoration of 51-53 Rochdale Road

51 and 53 Rochdale Road exterior. 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.

51 and 53 Rochdale Road exterior at an angle. 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.


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