History/Awards

History

The Roundhouse, Derby is the world’s first and oldest surviving railway Roundhouse. It was originally built in 1839 by four rival rail companies, including North Midland Railway (NMR) for whom George Stephenson and his son Robert were engineers.

Robert was responsible for the engineering of the NMR buildings on the site, including the world’s first railway Roundhouse, built for the sum of £62,000.

In 2008, The Roundhouse, a Grade II* listed building and other associated buildings on the site, were sympathetically restored and repaired using the William Morris principle of ‘honest repair’, along with two newly-constructed buildings which have been designed to blend in with existing structures.

A number of innovations were incorporated into the new-build construction including chameleon glass, which changes colour depending on the light and angle of view. The 12-metre engine turntable can still be found in The Roundhouse today and is just one example of the rich manufacturing and railway heritage of the site.

Along with the 12-metre engine turntable, a number of other handsome features still occupy The Roundhouse, including the original posts and control panels. There’s even a spot where you can see beneath The Roundhouse into the pits!

Awards

An Award-Winning Design Project

RICS Awards 2010

Project of the Year

Construction Excellence East Midlands Regional Award 2009

Project of the Year

Construction Excellence East Midlands Regional Award 2009

Heritage Project of the Year

National Constructing Excellence Awards

Project of the Year – Runner Up

Local Authority Building Excellence Awards 2010>

Best Educational Development Award and The Chairman’s Award for the Best Overall Project in the East Midlands

Guinness Book of Records

Oldest surviving Roundhouse in the World

Enterprising Women Awards 2017

Team of the Year Finalists

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