‘Revealing the Roch’ lands planning award win
May 9, 2016
The ‘Revealing the Roch’ project has been awarded the RTPI Award for Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment, it was revealed last week.
Insall Associate John Simons has been acting as Heritage Conservation Architect for the project, assisting with the repair of the bridges by specifying repairs to the surviving upstream and downstream arches and facings as well as designing new parapets at street level. Matching grit-stone masonry was obtained from a nearby quarry, a likely source of the original bridge materials. This was then hand dressed to match the existing. The upstream and downstream cut-water piers were designed in matching stone and are being shaped to minimise the effects of the fast-flowing river on the bridge itself. The photo, taken last week, depicts current progress at Rochdale bridge.
The award Judges commented: “There was good community involvement and the clear short term and long term benefits were identified, the way the project has engaged with and captured the community interest is phenomenal. The judges also commented on pragmatism of the planning in terms of re-considering how we have engineered rivers in the past: the ecology, flood risks and urban design.”