Falinge 'B'

Block details

Number of dwellings Number of storeys
Underwood 17
Town Hall House 119 21
Tentercroft 119 21
Mitchell Hey 119 21
Mardyke 17
Holland Rise 17
Dunkirk Rise 119 21

Agents

Building contractor:
Wimpey
Architects:
D. Broadbent

Events

Committee approval date:
1963

Local authority

Original commissioning authority:
Rochdale County Borough Council
Original location authority:
Rochdale County Borough Council
Present day authority:
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Location

Postcode:
OL12 6AE, OL12 6UH, OL12 6UG, OL12 6UF, OL12 6UD, OL12 6TX, OL12 6TZ
Other location names:
College Bank Way; Holland Street
View of 21-storey blocks on College Bank Way with Underwood and Mardyke in foreground
1987
View of 21-storey blocks on College Bank Way with Underwood and Mardyke in foreground
View of 21-storey and 17-storey blocks on College Bank Way
1982
View of 21-storey and 17-storey blocks on College Bank Way
View of Holland Rise in foregrond and Town Hall House in background
1987
View of Holland Rise in foregrond and Town Hall House in background
View of 21-storey and 17-storey blocks on College Bank Road
1987
View of 21-storey and 17-storey blocks on College Bank Road
Entrance lobby in Holland Rise
1987
Entrance lobby in Holland Rise
Mural in entrance lobby of Holland Rise
1987
Mural in entrance lobby of Holland Rise

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  • Seven Sisters Rochdale

    My recent post regarding a previous visit to Rochdale

    https://modernmooch.com/2017/01/21/rochdale-seven-sisters-flats/

  • Town Mill Brow

    Not Town Hall House.

  • Seven Sisters

    I lived in Tentercroft from 1969 to 1979.
    Each block had a mural in the entrance Foyer. Two above, one from Holland Rise but the other from Mardyke or Underwood? I would love to see photos of the other five.

  • College Bank Apartment, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

    I live in Mitchell Hey, one of the above apartments which were built in Rochdale in the late 1960's. There are seven buildings, four are 20 storeys high and the other three are 16 storeys. They are attractive in design and were extremely well-built of dark brick, iron/steel frame and concrete (no cladding or gas) with an integral balcony to each apartment? They were a good example of 1960's high rise accommodation in Rochdale and are known affectionately as the "Seven Sisters". The Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council used to manage them but in 2002 the management of various housing estates, including College Bank, was transferred to a newly set-up management company calling itself Rochdale Boroughwide Housing. Since that time RBH has made some improvements. They are still in reasonably good repair but do need some further repairs, such as exterior cleaning to balcony fronts, interior repairs and painting generally.

    Recently RBH are proposing to demolish the four 20 storey buildings, including Mitchell Hey where, in the Lobby, there is a beautiful ceramic mural by George and Jean Stephenson which is represented in the 20th Century Society as an example of excellence in 60's architecture! RBH must be stopped from any demolition of that, and we hope, the building it is attached to and the other three - Dunkirk Rise, Tentercroft, Town Mill Brow.

    We, leaseholders and tenants, do not want to leave our homes, where some of us have lived here for very many years. I have lived here 29 years, my late mother-in-law was here 25 years, my friends on the 13th floor, came to live here immediately they were married 47 years ago!

    I am 82 years old and my husband passed away just 12 months ago next week, and I and many others do not want our homes demolished on the whim of a woman who doesn't live here and appears only to be interested in glory for herself, and has no concern for who she upsets. RBH say, after the demolition of our homes, they plan to build houses. No way can they accommodate the same number of people on such a small piece of land. Rehousing is not what we want. Refurbishment, improvement and general TLC is what these buildings need.

    I'm sorry to have made such an issue of this but I and many others feel very strongly about this and RBH is just not listening to us. All their placations are only "lip service" . We have heard it all before from RBH to no avail.

    If there is anything you can do or suggestions you can make, hundreds of people here would be extremely grateful. We have set up a petition and there are 530 residents signed against demolition and another 345 non-residents do not want to see affectionate icons being demolished.

    Yours faithfully,

    Audrey Middlehurst

    in the in their words "to regenerate the area". There are

  • College Bank Apartment, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

    Hi Audrey, 

    Thanks so much for your moving comments. I'm not sure what we at Tower Block UK can do to help, however, I do know that there are a number of similar campaigns around the country, particularly in London, where residents actively fighting to stop demolitions of their homes. Perhaps it would help you to make contact with some of those groups. If you  email me (hannah.garrow@ed.ac.uk) I could maybe point you in the right direction.

    Best wishes, Hannah