New book fea­tures land­marks

Rochdale Observer - - BIG PICTURE YOUR VIEWS -

SOME of Rochdale’s best-known land­marks are fea­tured in a book of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture that has taken 20 years to com­plete.

Manch­ester MOD­ERN, by Richard Brook, lifts the lid on the de­sign of St Pa­trick’s Church, on El­liot Street, and the now de­mol­ished Rochdale Bus Sta­tion on Smith Street.

Also in­cluded are Mid­dle­ton’s coun­cil of­fices, on Manch­ester Old Road and Hop­wood Hall Chapel.

The guide­book has been a labour of love for Richard, a lec­turer at the Manch­ester School of Ar­chi­tec­ture, as he be­gan re­search­ing it in 1996.

Now it has been pub­lished on a lim­ited run by the Mod­ernist So­ci­ety fol­low­ing a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to cover costs, and con­tains pic­tures and de­tails on 111 build­ings and struc­tures across the re­gion.

The book has been il­lus­trated and de­signed by Vaseem Bhatti.

Richard said: “I got my hands on a lovely lit­tle ar­chi­tec­ture guide­book to Manch­ester by Dennis Sharp from 1969 and it has been my aim ever since to make some­thing as mem­o­rable and en­dur­ing. I think that the amount of mileage, time and 35mm film I put into the project has been more than matched by Bhatti’s at­ten­tion to de­tail – it’s a great ob­ject.”

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