The Friday Photo: Co-op Furniture Factory
This imposing wreck of a building is easily visible from the Cross City trainline going north out of the city centre. Its sorry form looms large against the skyline, the water tower, still intact, stands tall above the rest of the building. Situated in the industrial Eastside on Belmont Row, this beautiful red brick building was built in 1899 and was the Co-op furniture factory, it was later used for the manufacturing of weights and scales. The building was set to be redeveloped but in early 2007 fire took out around 75% of the building and then exactly a week later high winds made the front facade collapse in on itself and it has stood like this ever since. I wonder what will become of it?
Jack February 17, 2015
It is still standing, it is now a common place for teenagers to explore and graffiti
Emma Neil September 18, 2014
Rochdale Pioneers Museum will be launching an exhibition in November of photographs of people’s favourite co-operative buildings. This photograph would make a good entry…
Pauline October 24, 2013
The shell of the building is still there,I saw it today when I was on the train into New Street I have often wondered what it was,it is the only building standing in the area.
Tanja October 21, 2013
Is this building still standing?