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Rochdale Reimagined: students put forward new designs for heritage sites in the town centre

25 June 2019 - 16 August 2019

Tuesday 25 June 2019 - Friday 16 August 2019
Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, closed Sunday

Rochdale Central Library
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale Town Centre
OL16 1YG


Masters degree students at the Manchester School of Architecture have reimagined historic heritage sites in Rochdale to help breathe new life into the area.

Rochdale Central Library will showcase 50 architectural proposals from postgraduate students who have been working in collaboration with Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Development Agency.

After spending time investigating the local area to better understand the history and nature of Rochdale, students and staff members of Manchester School of Architecture have developed a series of sketches, drawings, models and writing to communicate their proposals, some of which are seen as essential developments to the town, to display in an exhibition to allow the people of Rochdale to comment on the work.

The exhibition features more than 50 architectural proposals over five sites, including ‘In and Around the Railway Station’, ‘On and Around the Retail Park’, ‘On and Around Drake Street’, ‘On and Around Bell Street’ and ‘On the Riverside’.

The work is as an extension of a wider research project on small settlements in a number of contexts by the School’s ‘Continuity in Architecture’, which runs programmes for the design of new buildings and public spaces in villages, towns and cities.  It emphasises the character of a place and developing architectural and urban solutions that are strongly influenced by the materials, patterns and atmosphere of the area.

The group attempts to foster the next generation of architects with the necessary skills to work sensitively with people and places. The sketches, drawings, models and writing are all designed to communicate sometimes radical designs in an accessible and engaging way.

‘Rochdale Reimagined’ designs will be open to the public at the library from June 25 – August 16, every day except for Sunday.

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