The search is on for the borough's best new building or regeneration project.
The seventh annual Rochdale Borough Design Awards will celebrate the best in new development design, focusing on the relationship between good design and building successful communities. We are now asking you for nominations for the 2017 awards.
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, tell us!
There will be two awards - the Rochdale Borough Design Award, decided by a panel of experts, and the People's Design Award, decided by an online public vote. The judges may also decide to make additional awards.
'All kinds of developments can be nominated, including individual buildings, open spaces, conservation schemes and regeneration projects'
Suggestions for the 2017 awards are welcome now, and they can be from any part of the borough – Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood or the Pennines. Nominations close on Monday, 4 September 2017.
To be eligible, the development must have been completed since January 2016 or be very close to completion. Eligible nominated developments will be considered for a shortlist which will go forward for the Rochdale Borough Design Award and for the public vote for the People's Design Award.
Last year Hare Hill Extra Care Facility collected the Rochdale Borough Design Award and Middleton Jubilee Library won the People's Design Award.
Council leader Richard Farnell said:
"Since 2009 these awards have helped recognise and raise the profile of design excellence in new buildings and regeneration schemes. We are looking forward to seeing some great examples of designs that have enhanced their surroundings. All kinds of developments can be nominated, including individual buildings, open spaces, conservation schemes and regeneration projects."
Judging criteria and to make a nomination.
Alternatively, write to Rochdale Borough Design Awards, Andrew Eadie, Rochdale Borough Council, Strategic Planning, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU.