Office, Rochdale Riverside Phase 2


A landmark office building within the Rochdale Riverside masterplan.

This new 43,000sqft office forms part of a £50m mixed use scheme, along with 240 homes and a 147-bedroom hotel, all being delivered by Genr8 Developments in collaboration with Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale Council, as part of their wider £400m town centre regeneration.

The five-storey building optimises the extremely constrained site, with high-quality office space wrapped around an efficient central core, maximising natural daylighting and passive ventilation. Futureproofing was a key driver, with flexible BCO compliant floorplates designed to suit open plan office, sub-division into smaller workspaces or future conversion into residential apartments.

The contemporary building form and elevations are carefully composed in response to the Town Head Conservation Area, adjacent listed buildings and the wider Rochdale town centre masterplan. The building is split into a top, middle and bottom to reduce the perceived mass, creating a hierarchy and human scale. A recessed and colonnaded lower storey announces the entrance, whilst the GRC and red brick facades to central floors are punctuated with vertically proportioned glazing to accentuate the building height. Finally, the upper level is lightened through a change in materials to glazing and metal cladding.