The Rock Triangle

Buro Happold
  • The Rock Triangle central space
  • The Rock Triangle steet level
  • The Rock Triangle Vue

1 / Introduction

Adjacent to the town centre, The Rock Triangle is a major re-development that has redefined Bury’s shopping and leisure facilities.

Situated on an old warehouse and light industrial site, this modern focal point doubles the retail floor space of the town centre and not only provides the residents but visitors to Bury with a whole new retail and entertainment experience.

With key tenants for many of the units secured early on, it was imperative that a strict construction programme was created to deal with the rigours and demands of this prestigious project. This coupled with the proximity to main highways and the relocation of an essential medical centre from the site - which had to remain open throughout - all added to the crucial phasing of this re-development.

Structurally complex transfers were required to deal with modern day retail requirements. These were seamlessly integrated into the building frame of the project - as were efficient structural proposals that helped to ease construction.

The team had to redesign the infrastructure network to accommodate the increased traffic flows and improve the highways and servicing of the development site without impacting on the retail offering. We believe that incorporating this service at an early stage of the masterplan design was the key to unlocking the potential of the site.

The client had huge expectations for the 500,000ft² site. The Rock is home to flagship department stores Debenhams and Marks & Spencer along with 60 other retail outlets, a 10-screen cinema and a 10-pin bowling alley. It features two residential blocks containing 400 apartments incorporating affordable units along with restaurants and a 1,250 space multi-storey car park and new public spaces. The centre is now fully occupied and has increased the influx of visitors to Bury.

Along with this array of amenities, we also had to focus on the public realm, integrated services and the incorporation of shared spaces. The addition of new pedestrian boulevards and a new main town square completed this Bury landmark.


Key facts

  • 500,000ft² site set to redefine Bury’s shopping and leisure facilities 
  • New main town square 
  • 400 apartments that incorporate affordable housing units 
  • Phasing of the project allowed the team to streamline the channel of work

Related Disciplines

The Project Details

  • Client:
    Thornfield Properties Plc
  • Architect:
    Building Design Partnership
  • Project value:
    £300m
  • Buro Happold services:
    Structural engineering, civil engineering, ground engineering, acoustics, fire engineering, wind flow modelling (desk top study), CFD modelling.
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