HMR encourages built schemes and development proposals to be submitted for national design awards and significant success has been achieved over the years. Awards are valuable for promoting and celebrating good design and raising awareness of the importance of creating attractive environments. Raising the profile of HMR-funded development helps raise aspirations across the two boroughs – as well as HMR areas – and Rochdale Council has recently introduced its own design awards.
Our first success in national awards was a development at Selwyn Street in Oldham. Great Places Housing Association completed this development in 2006. It comprises 18 terraced houses (4, 5 & 7 bedrooms) for sale, rent and shared ownership, plus a small local park alongside.
At the same awards, two planned developments in Rochdale, at Trafalgar Street and Dale Mill were both winners for their high quality of design.
Also in Rochdale, seven homes on Halifax Road in Hamer were rewarded with a ‘Gold’ Green Apple award in 2008, which praised the sustainability of the development. It replaced a derelict terrace and area of wasteland with homes combining high design quality and low running costs. The Pathfinder has now achieved its second Green Apple, a 'Bronze' award for its thoughtful reclamation of a former road space to create an attractive public area at Townhead in Rochdale.