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Derby’s Roundhouse looking good

March 10, 2009

Derby College roundhouse lanternOn a bright and sunny day last week, I was shown around the new Derby college site by Paul East of Maber’s architecture practice.  Accompanied by Susan Hallsworth and Janet Currie, I was given the grand tour of this impressive new development. 

Its good to see the roundhouse, the engine shed and the carriage works brought back into use with the pleasing introduction of new new linking buildings to make a usable whole.  Coming in from the A52, its also good to see that this development finally stitches together the railway station and Pride Park. 

The Roundhouse is a wonderful relic of the steam age and Derby’s engineering heritage.  It consists of a large round building with 16 bays where steam locos were worked on and with a large turntable (kept in situ) in the centre.  Once one of 12 such locomotive works in the city, its now the only surviving building of its type in the region.  With such a heritage, it was only natural that we use the Roundhouse as a case study in our “Building in Context” workshop last December.

Due to open in time for the intake of new students later this year, I think the new Derby College will make a great contribution to Derby’s cityscape.  If you get a chance to look around I can well recommend it

Janet and Susan took some piccies, example above.  Perhaps they’ll make more available.

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  1. Warren Pearce permalink*
    March 10, 2009 3:46 pm

    Mmmm, I can feel a series starting here… REM On The Road.

    Nice post and photo – inspiring to see a sensitive re-invention of such an historic site.

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