Piccadilly Basin prides itself on being one of the most environmentally friendly areas in Britain - it’s home to the first office with a ‘living roof’, designed to encourage the breeding of rare black redstart birds. The five storey BDP Architects, Engineers and Designers office houses a landing pad for the birds, of which there are only an estimated 100 breeding pairs in the UK. The successful redevelopment aimed to create both a tranquil and cosmopolitan setting in which to live and work. A small part of the re-development was bringing the Rochdale Canal back to its former glory after becoming unnavigable in the 1960s.
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The black redstart is said to have thrived after World War II but due to redevelopments in the city they are sadly, falling in number - making them the nation's rarest bird species. Thanks to Piccadilly's 'living roof' black redstarts will have a much better chance of survival.