The Roundhouse, Derby, has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest locomotive roundhouse in the world.

The latest Guinness Book of World Records is now available to buy and The Roundhouse’s record is one of the 8% of records that are chosen to feature.

The world record was progressed by Martyn Chapman, the rail researcher and consultant for Guinness World Records after hearing about the renovation of the building by the College.

Martyn, who worked in the rail industry for 40 years and was based at the Railway Technical Centre in London Road before his retirement last year, said: “I saw a documentary about the restoration of The Roundhouse and when it claimed to be the oldest in the world, my ears pricked up.

Guinness World Records did not currently hold a record for the oldest locomotive roundhouse and so I contacted the College for some more information, checked some historical publications and made a case for submission.”

The Roundhouse in Derby’s Pride Park, was built in 1839 by North Midlands 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 roundhouse, built for the princely sum of £62,000.

The Roundhouse and surrounding buildings fell into disrepair with the closure of the locomotive works in the Eighties until it was bought and restored to its former glory as the centre piece of Derby College’s new £48 million vocational campus development.

The Grade II* listed and other former railway buildings were renovated and repaired by Bowmer & Kirkland as part of a major restoration programme designed by Maber Architects.

The Roundhouse is now the social hub of the College campus as well as being available for private and public events ranging from weddings to gala dinners and is open to the public for tours organised through Derby City Council’s Tourist Information Centre.

It was officially opened by the Princess Royal in October 2010 and has won a plethora of awards including the RICS Project of the Year 2010 which is regarded as the Oscars of the construction industry.


Media enquiries:

Sarah Jenkin-Jones, PR Officer, Derby College, Tel: 07951 945 665; Email:


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