Vote for your favourite building in Rochdale

Date published: 08 August 2019

The shortlist for this year’s Rochdale Borough Design Awards has been announced and it’s time for you to vote for the 2019 ‘People’s Design Award'.

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.

Seven buildings or regeneration projects have been put forward this year by local people, who nominated their favourites.


Rochdale indoor food hall and Montague's Cafe is one of several nominations for the 'People's Design Award 2019'
Rochdale Indoor Food Hall (including Montague's Cafe) has been nominated for the ‘People’s Design Award'


The shortlisted projects are:

  • The conversion of the former Santander bank to Rochdale Indoor Food Hall (including Montagues café)
  • The Strand Hub, Kirkholt
  • Willows Dementia Hub, Rochdale
  • Restoration of the Carnegie Library building, Castleton
  • New homes in Lower Falinge
  • Greenbooth Village, Norden
  • Residential development, Birch Hill Hospital, Wardle


The restoration of Carnegie Library is one of several nominations for the 'People's Design Award 2019'
Castleton's Carnegie Library, one of the nominations, was officially re-opened in May 2019


Councillor Carol Wardle, cabinet member for planning, development and housing said: “These awards highlight some of the very best local design projects.

“This year’s shortlist includes innovative examples of existing buildings being completely transformed and new schemes that have enhanced their communities.

“The annual list always illustrates just how much regeneration and improvement is taking place, but now it’s over to residents to decide. I wish them all good luck.”

Last year the restoration of two semi-detached houses designed by famous local architect Edgar Wood at 51-53 Rochdale Road in Middleton won the People’s Design Award.

To view images and descriptions and to place your vote visit:

Please note, you can only vote once. Voting is open until 5pm on Monday 9 September 2019 and the winner will be announced at a special ceremony in late 2019.

Alternatively, you can send your vote to Rochdale Borough Design Awards, Andrew Eadie, Rochdale Borough Council, Strategic Planning, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU.

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