‘Revealing the Roch’ Nominated for RTPI Awards
February 11, 2016
The ‘Revealing the Roch’ project has been nominated for the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute awards. The prestigious planning industry award recognises a project’s national contribution to planning; finalists have been recognised for demonstrating that speedy delivery of significant schemes can be achieved through planning and other consents systems.
Donald Insall Associates was commissioned by Rochdale council to assist with the ‘Revealing the Roch’ project in 2015. This is a scheme to remove extensive areas of concrete culvert laid over the River Roch as it flows through Rochdale town centre, to repair and make good the medieval bridge thereby revealed, and to create riverside walks. The river was closed in during the 1980s because of the low water quality – it sometimes ran blue from nearby dye works. However with the benefit of significant environmental improvements the river is now clean enough again to support wildlife including fish and otters.
Phil Williams, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:
“The finalists highlight outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment. The judges will find it difficult separating the finalists and choosing winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”