Derby College Roundhouse



Thanks to the skills of our heritage craftsmen, Martin-Brooks enjoys strong links with one of the UK’s largest privately owned construction companies.


Derbyshire-based Bowmer and Kirkland enlisted us to work on a 14-month project to restore the roof on a Grade II listed Roundhouse – part of a £48 million venture to create the award-winning Derby College Roundhouse Campus.  


We replaced broken timbers, lead work and the 110,000 Welsh slates covering the Roundhouse and adjoining carriage and engine rooms. All of the roofing materials taken from the building were recycled where possible and the remaining slates sourced from demolition projects, to ensure their authenticity.


Mike Atkinson, Bowmer and Kirkland’s contracts manager, said: “The Roundhouse enabled Martin-Brooks to demonstrate the quality of its craftsmanship, its knowledge of roof restoration and its attention to detail. We were so impressed with the firm’s professionalism and dedication that we have since worked with them on other heritage schemes.”


In November 2009, Derby Roundhouse was named ‘Project of the Year’ for the Midlands region by the Centre for Constructing the Built Environment. It was highly commended in the Conservation category of the RICS awards, where it received Project of the Year and Regeneration Project of the Year. Martin-Brooks was also nominated for the NFRC’s Heritage Roofing award for its restoration work.


Materials: Existing and salvaged Welsh slates, new lead and new timbers


Client: Bowmer and Kirkland

Martin-Brooks (Roofing Specialists) Ltd

1 Ross Street, Darnall

Sheffield, S9 4PU

0114 244 7720

Company Registration No. 01822980
VAT Registration No. 646443821
UTR No. 1606009436

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