Number One Riverside

Rochdale, UK

Number One Riverside

This landmark development provides an award-winning civic building and a new public realm for Rochdale Borough Council, enabling the Lancashire authority's estate to consolidate from 33 different sites into one single building.

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Gillespies delivered the landscape proposals for this landmark scheme, which is set to act as a catalyst for the revitalisation of Rochdale Town Centre and the Borough's regeneration.

Located within the East Quarter of Rochdale, the Number One Riverside development provides the first phase of the wider masterplan in this area, capitalising and rejuvenating the town’s natural asset — The River Roch. The scheme also sets the 'tone' and aspiration for distinctive and high-quality design in the town centre.

Working closely with FaulknerBrown architects, Gillespies delivered a unique and harmonious scheme that responds to this riverside context and the town's rich textile heritage, with a strong linear structure to both the hard and soft landscape treatments.

The River Roch is at the heart of the landscape design. Riverside gardens with year-round interest and marginal planting areas increase the ecological value of the river corridor. These marginal planting areas also attenuate surface runoff from external areas and flood alleviation from the River Roch in extreme storm events.


  • 2014 BCO National Corporate Workplace and 'Best of the Best' Award
  • 2014 BCO Best of the Best Award
  • 2014 RIBA North West Awards for Conservation and Best Building
  • 2014 Civic Trust Award Commendation