The Roundhouse Theatre

The Roundhouse Theatre
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One of London’s legendary music and arts venues, the Roundhouse in Camden, has been transformed from a redundant Grade II listed building into a leading London arts venue. The Roundhouse is the famous Victorian steam engine shed that became a legendary music and arts venue in the 1960s and 70s. Housing a turntable for rotating locomotives, it got its name from the distinctive shape of the building. Always ground-breaking, this is where punk and glam rock started, where the Doors played their only British gig, and where theatre took on a new and accessible identity. The Roundhouse was host to many famous bands including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, as well as staging a number of seminal theatre performances. Following its closure in 1983, the building fell into disrepair until in 1997 the Roundhouse Trust was established and the restoration project began. Architects John McAslan & Partners were tasked with refurbishing the historic structure to bring it into the 21st Century, he charm, history and nostalgia associated with it. The restoration needed to be a sympathetic refurbishment, bringing the building into the 21st century, yet still retaining its charm, history and nostalgia. Of paramount importance, the architects insisted that all building materials were carefully chosen to protect the integrity of the historic structure. What was required was a traditional product that was commercially viable for large modern-day projects. To exactly match the existing lime mortar, architects John McAslan & Partners, specified Limetec hydraulic lime mortar. A modern day equivalent of traditional lime mortar, it met the exact requirements needed to match the existing mortar. It enabled the successful remodelling of the interior structure as well as repairs to the external brickwork.