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Architects sought to reconnect Rochdale

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A competition has been launched to connect disjointed elements of Rochdale town centre.

RIBA has joined Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Places Matter! to launch the contest to breathe life back into the heart of the Greater Manchester town.

The winning scheme, expected to cost up to £3 million, will need to complement the restoration of a medieval bridge over the River Roch.

Peter Williams, RIBA competitions councillor and Rochdale Council cabinet member for economic development, said: ‘Our exciting plans to re-open the River Roch will reveal the hidden history of the bridge and the river. 

‘Through the international design competition, we are challenging urbanists to create a high quality public realm around the river reopening, which will enhance the setting of the town’s heritage assets and improve connections north and south of the river.’

Deadline for receipt of designs is 2pm on Tuesday 10 September. Stage 1 entries will be judged anonymously and five teams will shortlisted to proceed to the second stage.

AJ reported earlier this month that FaulknerBrowns Architects’ £42.5 million new council HQ was a worthy addition to the civic architecture of Rochdale.

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