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Competition: Rochdale Town Hall

Rochdale Town Hall
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Rochdale Borough Council is seeking a design team to restore its Grade I-listed Gothic Revival town hall

The conservation-architect-led multidisciplinary team will restore the deteriorating William Henry Crossland-designed 1871 landmark and introduce new cultural, community and commercial facilities.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and planned to complete by 2025, aims to double visitor numbers by opening all of the historic structure’s principal rooms to the public for the first time in more than a hundred years. A design team for a £3 million overhaul of neighbouring Town Hall Square will also be procured separately.

In its brief, the council says the restoration ‘forms the centre of heritage-led regeneration of the historic town centre. The council is looking to procure a full team of highly qualified specialist consultants to complete the project team and who will work with the council over the next five years to deliver a high quality and cost-effective scheme that will be a benchmark for best practice.

‘The council is also developing a plan to upgrade and redesign the Town Hall Square which is subject to a separate procurement process. Once both project teams are appointed, coordination of the designs will be required particularly in relation to the resolution of the levels to facilitate easy access to the town hall.’

Rochdale is around 16km north-east of Manchester and was a major centre of textile manufacturing during the 19th century, though today is predominantly residential. The town hall was created during the peak of its industrial fortunes.

The latest project aims to create a new sustainable future for the structure by incorporating a variety of cultural, community and commercial facilities including exhibitions focusing on Rochdale’s manufacturing history.

The redevelopment comes five years after FaulknerBrowns completed a new £42.5 million headquarters for the local authority nearby.

The winning team will be expected to include a conservation architect, cost manager, structural and civil engineer, exhibition designer, business planner and activity planner. Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 30 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Robyn Gwilym
Rochdale Borough Council
Number 1 Riverside
Smith Street
OL16 1XU

Tel: +44 7773578363
Email: robyn.gwilym@star-procurement.gov.uk 

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