The waiting will soon be over for developments shortlisted for the Rochdale Borough Design Awards.

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The winners will be announced on Thursday 15 February during a ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall.

Awards will be presented by John Jones, Regional Design Director from awards sponsor Countryside Properties.

Two awards will be made – the Rochdale Borough Design Award, chosen by a panel of experts, and a People’s Design Award, voted for by residents.

Seven developments made the shortlist, with owners and architects now awaiting the final results.

Competing for the coveted awards are:

  • Refurbishment and extension of the ‘Bird at Birtle’, Heywood
  • River Roch re-opening, Rochdale town centre
  • Restoration of 51-53 Rochdale Road, Middleton
  • Flats at Daventry Road, Kirkholt
  • Refurbishment of Newgate House, Tetrosyl headquarters, Rochdale
  • Refurbishment of the Wellington Hotel, Rochdale town centre
  • Houses at Longridge Drive, Heywood

Councillor John Blundell, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “These awards really encourage and recognise quality design in our borough which in turn is promoting the investment we are seeing in our environment.

Once again we have seen some distinctive and popular entries. It is positive to see how these awards are growing.”

John Jones from awards sponsor Countryside Properties said they were proud to be supporting the awards again:

“Countryside Properties are very pleased to be involved in these annual awards which highlight high standards in building design and give deserved recognition to local companies and individuals who are investing in the local community.

We have seen real innovation and style in a high-quality field of entries and I look forward to congratulating the winners.”

DESIGN EXCELLENCE: Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration. The winners of the Rochdale Design Awards will be announced next month.

The council’s Rochdale Borough Design Awards celebrate the best in new development design, focusing on the relationship between good design and building successful communities.


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