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The Roundhouse, Derby College

Key facts

Year Completed






Floorplate Size

198000 sq. ft


Derby College

Build Type

New Build

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This multimillion development saw the regeneration of a strategically important and historic site to become the home of the Derby College Centres of Vocational Excellence in technology, construction and engineering. The existing buildings are Grade II* Listed and represent the earliest surviving example of a housed railway turntable that was originally used to move steam locomotives around the repair workshops. Collaborative coordination with the design team and stakeholders ensured the existing listed building was sympathetically incorporated and coordinated with the new build elements of the project. The new-build sections of the project that link with the existing sections and the public realm space has become the Derby College flagship campus.

BWB were involved with the project from an early stage undertaking full structural inspections, surveying and assessing the integrity and load carrying capacities of the existing Listed buildings through to the detailed design and construction phase. BWB provided a full suite of Civil and Structural services from feasibility through the Planning process to completion we are immensely proud to have been associated with this historic award winning project.

Key Challenges

Extensive liaison with English Heritage and Derby City Council Conservation Officer followed to produce the necessary schedule of repairs and to agree the structural form and the extent of the alterations that would be permitted. The development of the detailed design followed and has seen a number of specific challenges that required the use of flexible solutions for the new-build.

Key contacts

Colin Langford

Colin Langford
Executive Director
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Mark Jones

Mark Jones
Service Director - Building Structures
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