NUMBER ONE RIVERSIDE AND ROCHDALE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE CONSTRUCTION
Rochdale’s municipal office, situated on Smith Street, and named ‘Number One Riverside’ was built in 2011/2012 to replace the 'Black Box' on land that once housed the Yelloway Coach Station at the side of the River Roch.
The building was designed by Newcastle-based architects Faulkner Browns and constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine and is home to the central library, information centre, public customer services, training and conference facilities together with accommodation for around 2,000 council, NHS and private sector staff, with access to a café and outdoor walkway and seating along the river.
The £50 million building features solar thermal panels using the sun’s rays to generate hot water and photovoltaic panels creating renewable electricity. Wood chip is burnt in a biomass boiler generating sustainable heat and rainwater is collected from the roof and recycled for the flushing of toilets.
Completed in late 2012, the building opened its doors to the public on 13 March 2013.
Construction of Rochdale’s £11.5 million pound transport interchange, to replace the previous 1970s bus station, began in 2012 on Smith Street on land directly across the River Roch from Number One Riverside.
The interchange houses the bus station along with a taxi rank and parking spaces for cyclists, a café, electronic passenger information displays and toilets. Being located adjacent to the town centre Metrolink stop, it also makes transfer between services easy.
A hydro-electric turbine was installed which converted energy from the river as it flowed rapidly through a weir, with the weight of the water turning the screw-shaped turbine to generate electricity. However, this was destroyed in catastrophic flooding in Rochdale town centre on Boxing Day 2015.
The transport interchange opened its doors to the public on 17 November 2013.