A Cut Above
New build in a canalside setting that’s scattered with old mills and industrial buildings requires accomplished placemaking. At five storeys, the apartments create a presence along the Rochdale canal, in keeping with those industrial buildings. High-quality red brick and a sawtooth roof are also two of the features that encompass the local vernacular and heritage, but nevertheless serve crucial purpose- for instance, the roof reduces the scale of the apartment blocks along Silk Street and is suitable for photovoltaic panels. The apartments are generous in size, each with its own, larger than average corner balcony. Exposed steel and corrugated metal cladding are in contrast to the heavier brickwork and reference more recent local building materials to create an elegant fusion of the archetypal and the modern.