National Awards for The Roundhouse, Derby College

Derby, United Kingdom, November 10, 2010 --( Derby College’s £48 million vocational campus has been hailed as the Education Project of the Year at the 2010 LABC National Building Excellence Awards held at The Brewery in London.

The awards, presented by Local Authority Building Control celebrate the excellence of building quality and recognise technical innovation, partnership working and sustainability.

This is the latest in a number of local, regional and national awards including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) national project of the year award – regarded in the construction industry as the "oscars".

The Roundhouse skillfully combines the restoration of former 18th century railway engineering works including the carriage shop and the original roundhouse itself with new contemporary buildings that now cater for 2,500 students on a wide range of vocational courses from engineering to beauty.

The architects for the project were Mabers and construction was led by Bowmer & Kirkland.

Derby College Principal David Croll said: “We are delighted and extremely proud that the restoration of The Roundhouse has been recognised with these prestigious awards. They have capped a very exciting few weeks for us having had the official opening of The Roundhouse by The Princess Royal last month.

“The Roundhouse continues to go from strength to strength as a centre of vocational training excellence and the inspiring environment is greatly contributing to raising standards to ensure our learners go into the workplace as skilled, rounded individuals who can contribution to the local and regional economies.”

Derby College
Sarah Jenkin-Jones
01332 387426