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.
The Roundhouse is a building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest with national significance, however the principal significance of the Engine Shed lies in its physical form and continual operation.
Our initial phase of the commission was to complete concept designs for improving visitor facilities. We undertook a Conservation Appraisal which included a Condition Survey and Options Appraisal to form the basis of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Following a successful HLF application, we were delighted to have been selected from a number of architects to undertake the project.
The modern contemporary style includes improved visitor access and circulation, and incorporates a stunning new entrance which respects the history and architecture of the Roundhouse. There is a new Café with kitchen and toilet facilities, exhibition and archive rooms, as well as modern conference and corporate facilities. The shop, located in the office wing, is included on the visitor route through the Café to the new interactive display areas that contains new exhibition features and new interpretation.
Wanting to be respectful of the industrial heritage of the site, the design compliments the historic style with a limited palette of materials and the changes make this rail maintenance facility an innovative venue for both railway-themed events and non-railway activities.
- Barrow Hill Roundhouse
- Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society
- HLF Funded Alterations and Extension
- Grade II