Woodbine Street is an attractive cluster of dwellings that has helped inject new life into the existing street scene and adjacent canal-side setting of this somewhat forgotten neighbourhood. Simple, unfussy forms shaped in brick and slate give the development an honest dignity that sets it apart from the mediocrity of most social housing schemes.

Developed by Great Places Housing Group, Woodbine Street is situated on the banks of the Rochdale Canal and provides a total of 27 houses, 18 of which are affordable homes and the remaining 9 are for outright sale.

The scheme has transformed a former scrap yard into an attractive and sustainable neighbourhood with a tranquil pocket park incorporated, allowing access once more to the historic Rochdale Canal. The mix of tenures and wide range of dwelling types and sizes promotes a balanced community within a high quality development that has a distinctive identity, making the upmost of its canal-side setting.

OMI collaborated with artist Liam Curtin to engage with local youth groups to help tackle anti-social behaviour issues that previously blighted the area.

CLIENT – Great Places Housing Group
STATUS – Completed
VALUE – £3.3M
LOCATION – Woodbine Street, Rochdale
Structural Engineer
Patrick Parsons
Employers Agent
Wilkinson Cowan
Main Contractor
Liam Curtin

– 2012 First Time Buyer Magazine Best Small Development Award Winner