Revealing the Roch wins Restoration Project of the Year at Builder & Engineer Awards 2016
December 1, 2016
Reveal the Roch has won the Project of the Year at the Builder & Engineer Awards 2016. The project has transformed Rochdale town centre by reconnecting the town with its river and revealing the historic Rochdale Bridge to the public for the first time in 100 years. Donald Insall Associates worked with Rochdale Borough Council, VBA Joint venture, CH2M and the Environment Agency to deliver the project on site, which was part funded by the HLF.
Donald Insall Associates acted 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 have been shaped to minimise the effects of the fast-flowing river on the bridge itself. The design of the new work has been based on bridges of a similar period and on an old illustration.