Birtle Brook Village honoured in awards

Architects practice CJ Partnership's Birtle Brook retirement village near Heywood was among the winners at the Rochdale Borough Design Awards.

The regeneration of a derelict industrial complex by CJ Partnership for site owner Brent Miller into a residential development for the over 60s, was highly commended for its design excellence and detailing.

Rochdale Sixth Form College, designed by Seven Architecture, collected the Rochdale Borough Design Award. The building opened last September and accommodates 800 students.

Bib Knowl Farm in Littleborough, renovated into a new energy efficient property by TFS Design, won the People's Design Award, chosen by a public vote.

The awards were sponsored by Wilson Bowden, developer of the Kingsway business park in Rochdale.

Paul Clark, director of CJ Partnership, said of Birtle Brook: "The project is consistent with our approach to creating unique places, and we always endeavour to work in harmony with the existing environment. This can be seen in the formation of a feature pond, which also acts as a drainage attenuator."

The Pavilion restaurant at Birtle Brook opened in November 2010.

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