Derby Roundhouse

Probably the first roundhouse in the world was built in 1839 at the Grade II* listed Derby Railway Works.

By the time architects Maber took on the job of its restoration and transformation for Derby Colleges, the roundhouse had fallen into complete disrepair.

The challenges were considerable; on the roundhouse itself, the roof posed the largest challenge, both because of its poor state and because it offered one of the few opportunities to improve the thermal performance. Part of the reconstruction of the roof included the reinstatement of a circle of 48 trapezoidal rooflights, of which 36 had to open remotely using electric actuators. These roof windows needed to be 2.3m long and follow the line of the roof hip, but with straight bars. 

These special versions of the Conservation Rooflight® provided the ventilation and thermal requirements, and, with their slender frames, matched the appearance of the roof windows in the original photographs.

The project also included 64 ‰Û÷Studio Designer’ rooflights (closely linked Conservation Rooflights®) measuring up to 3m x 1.6m, installed on former carriage shops and engine sheds closely matching the runs of original rooflights.

The scheme as a whole has already featured in English Heritage’s recent “Constructive Conservation” book as one of 20 exemplar projects nationwide.

Coronavirus – COVID19 – an update for our customers - 20thOctober 2020

The adjustments and changes to the way we are working have meant that we are able to continue to offer a full service to our customers. Many of our products can be supplied within 2 days from stock. However, due to a national shortage of glass we are experiencing delays with some of our products and have had to extend some delivery dates. We are keeping all customers updated but please do not hesitate to contact us on 01933 833155 or email us on if you have any questions regarding existing or future orders.



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