Located right next to Derby train station – the Derby Round House is steeped in Engineering history.
The Roundhouse at Derby is the world’s first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse. It was originally developed in 1839 by four rival rail companies, including North Midland Railway (NMR) for whom George Stephenson and his son Robert were engineers.
Robert was responsible for the engineering of the NMR buildings on the site, including the world’s first railway roundhouse, built for the princely sum of £62,000. The Stephensons are probably even more famous as the inventors of the Rocket steam engine which was designed and built by George and Robert for the 1829 Rainhill Trials.
In 2008, the Grade II* Listed building and other associated buildings on the site were sympathetically restored and repaired using the William Morris principle of ‘honest repair’. There are also two newly-constructed buildings which have been designed to blend in with the existing structures.
A number of innovations were incorporated into the new-build construction including a ‘chameleon glass’ which changes colour depending on the light and angle of view. Naturally, the short, 12-metre engine turntable can still be found in The Roundhouse today and is just one example of the rich manufacturing and railway heritage of the site.
About The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse, Derby, is a beautiful and magnificent series of truly iconic buildings that have a world-renowned status in railway history. As an event venue, The Roundhouse offers a spectacular backdrop and the flexibility to accommodate all kinds of events. The Roundhouse itself was built in 1839 and is the world’s oldest surviving railway turning shed. Following a £48 million renovation, it has been returned to its former glory with original features restored.
The Roundhouse, Derby, is a beautiful and magnificent series of truly iconic buildings that have a world-renowned status in railway history. The Roundhouse offers a spectacular backdrop providing the perfect informal setting for graduates to talk to exhibitors.
The Roundhouse itself was built in 1839 and is the world’s oldest surviving railway turning shed. Following a £48 million renovation, it has been returned to its former glory with original features restored. This building is the perfect venue to showcase the latest engineering technologies amongst the UK’s industrial heritage.
Doors open 10.00
Carriage Shop Library
The perfect blend of the old and new. This light and airy space is the perfect place for potential employers to hold formal interviews with selected attendees.
Carriage Shop Lecture Theatre
A series of “An introduction to” corporate presentations to introduce some of the key engineering employers.
Arrive By Air
East Midlands Airport is located just 20 minutes’ from The Roundhouse, serving over 4 million passengers
every year. Main business routes from the airport include Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels. Birmingham and Manchester airports are within 45min and 75min drive respectively. London Heathrow is only 2 hours away.
Arrive By Rail
The Roundhouse is located directly next to Derby Train Station. Derby is only 93 minutes from London St Pancras with 35 direct services daily. An easy platform change makes Brussels and Paris less than 4 hours away. Derby Station is at the heart of the national rail network with fast, direct connections to Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Reading and other business destinations. Derby Railway Station has recently undertaken a £30 million refurbishment.
Arrive By Car
We are a 10 minute drive from the M1 (J25) and 30 minutes
from the M6, Derby is at the heart of the motorway network. Derby has recently completed a new £50 million road infrastructure A new £20m Bus Station compliments the abundance of safe car parking in the city centre for delegates parking in the City and travelling to the Roundhouse. A shuttle bus service runs every 10mins from the city centre to The Roundhouse.
The Roundhouse boasts 160 free parking spaces*on site, pay and display facilities close by as well as coach drop-off facilities. Dedicated loading zones are available for event suppliers, with direct access into the main space.