Here’s to Rochdale ... Venice of the north!
hall clock tower.”
Students from the world-renowned architecture school will be working on theoretical projects to improve Drake Street and its surrounding areas, which is one of just 18 Heritage Action Zones across the country.
As part of this, the students will create a guide, with recommendations for how any new buildings in the area should be designed, including building heights and forms and relationships to other buildings in the street.
They will also conduct surveys on key buildings like Champness Hall.
The project, which has been named ‘Rochdale by way Venice’, will see students working on a year-long project to bring fresh ideas to key areas around the Heritage Action Zone.
Sally said: “The students can put forward really creative ideas and suggestions because they’re not constrained by a brief.
“Around 40 per cent of them are overseas students, from places like China, India and Malaysia, so they will bring a totally different prospective.
“We are really excited about working in Rochdale.
“What’s nice about it is that it can accommodate both the old and the new and the ambition is what ties it all together.”
●●The River Roch running through the centre of Rochdale and, inset, the Rialto Bridge and gondolas in Venice
●●Sally Stone (front right) with students in Rochdale