Rawtenstall Retail Strategy, Rossendale

In Rawtenstall, The anchor store is key to the success of the wider masterplan, attracting other key tenants to make the scheme a success.


The anchor store is accessed from highstreet level. The upper plaza is designed to draw people into the site from Bank Street in the direction of the store. The tiered steps and ramps leading down to the main plaza encourage people up to the anchor store from the lower level.


The anchor store is designed to have a 4.5m floor to ceiling height with a 25m shop frontage which is sheltered by a canopied walkway which will attract footfall past the unit, particularly in poor weather.
The residential and retail mixed use schemes on site provide ground floor retail units that serve Kay Street and the main plaza. These dual fronted units allow good permeability in and around the site and provide valuable window space. The units are serviced from Kay Street through an internal shared service corridor.


We felt it was important to bring a mix of uses to the site to ensure that the site didn't sleep at 5.30pm, when all the businesses shut up shop, the mixed use units having the different types of units ensures that the project caters for all.