Here’s to Rochdale ... Venice of the north!

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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

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