BTP wins award for restoration of historic Rochdale Houses

We are celebrating after our work on two historic Grade 2 listed properties in Rochdale won the People’s Choice design award at the recent Rochdale Borough Design Awards.

The restoration of two semi-detached houses at 51-53 Rochdale Road, Middleton originally designed by the renowned architect Edgar Wood was crowned the winner after receiving 265 votes – over 150 votes clear in first place.

BTP was appointed by Rochdale Borough Council to deliver the refurbishment works as part of a wider project by the local authority to restore houses of historic interest.

Lee Podmore, Director at BTP said: “We are delighted to have played our part in restoring these historic properties to their former glory. For the project to win this award, voted for by Rochdale residents, is the icing on the cake.”

The project was funded thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and generous contributions from local residents.

BTP specified vital maintenance repairs and also refurbished the buildings by undertaking painstaking historical research to bring them back to life.

Work carried out by BTP included initial surveys, detailed design and full contract administration as well as rebuilding, replacement of railings and upgrades to existing boundary walls, re-roofing, pointing, window and door repairs and external redecoration.

Councillor June West, chair of Middleton Township and a board member of the Middleton Townscape Heritage Initiative said:

“The skill and delicacy with which the restoration of this pair of Grade 2 listed properties have been undertaken is superb and the work has ensured that the special architectural and historic interest of these important buildings will be preserved."

BTP are a highly skilled team of architects and design professionals based outside Manchester with a strong track record over the past 70 years in a range of architectural fields.

Front: Residents Mari Smith, John Stead, Ian Robertson and John Jones from Countryside Properties.  Back: Sue Oakley, Conservation Officer, Lee Podmore from BTPArchitects and Councillor Daalat Ali.

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