This Grade II listed Roundhouse at Barrow Hill is a unique example of 19th century railway architecture.
Constructed in the 1870’s this Grade II listed Roundhouse was saved from demolition by the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society and is the only remaining operational Roundhouse in the United Kingdom.
Built in a standard Midland Railway square shed design the building retains many of its original architectural features, however the original roof and brick gables have been lost and replaced with modern cladding supported on an independent steel structure.
Barrow Hill is not just a museum, it is also a modern rail maintenance facility and an innovative venue for both railway-themed events and non-railway activities.
Our initial phase of the commission was to complete concept designs for improving the visitor facilities and undertake a Conservation Management Plan to form the basis of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Overall, the Roundhouse is Listed Grade II and hence is a building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest with national significance. The principal significance of the Engine Shed lies in its physical form and continual operation. The loss of the original roof covering and gables is unfortunate, but the Engine Shed remains a good example of its type.
The building has suffered from a general lack of maintenance that is the result of a period of being unused. Some of the historic repairs have not been undertaken with appropriate materials, but have arrested further decay of the building, however some of these repairs are beginning to impact on the historic fabric and will need to be rectified, there remains a continual detrimental effect on the building fabric. The Condition Survey identified the essential repairs to maintain the historic fabric and established the initial cost to repair the building.
We were delighted to have recently been taken on for the next stage of this HLF funded project, following the concept designs that we undertook, we were thrilled to have been selected from a number of architects to take the project through the next phase.
- Barrow Hill Roundhouse
- Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society
- HLF Funded Alterations and Extension
- Grade II