Derby’s Roundhouse: a world first in 3D VR scanning!

Derby Roundhouse - the world's oldest surviving railway roundhouse, is the first building of its kind to be scanned in 3D virtual reality.

The Roundhouse is the focal point of Derby College's flagship vocational campus in Pride Park.  The campus was opened in September 2009 following a £48 million restoration to bring the collection of former locomotive carriage works buildings back into use.

The Roundhouse itself has been scanned in fully immersive 3D VR as part Derby-based VR company Mixed Realities' new 3D-Derby project - designed to promote Derby as a vibrant and modern leisure and business tourism destination.

The shoot for the Derby Roundhouse is part of our 3D-Derby project - one designed to use the latest 3D scanning technology to showcase the beautiful spaces which Derby has in abundance.

An event Planner at Roundhouse Events noted: "The creative work was done overnight when the Roundhouse is at its quietest and most atmospheric.

"The results are stunning and we were delighted that this iconic building as taken centre stage in such an innovative project."

Steve Basran, Associate Director at Maber: the architects who designed the restored Roundhouse stated: “ We have been absolutely delighted with Mixed Realities 'nothing is too much trouble' approach to creating a Virtual Reality simulation of The Roundhouse.”

“The Roundhouse scheme is one Maber's most prestigious accomplishments in Derby and the practice has worked hard to find the right partner to collaborate with to unearth the deep history that lies behind the scenes.”

“The VR package will help us gain a better understanding of the structure and become a vital tool for any future work at the Roundhouse.”

John Kirkland, Chairman to Derbyshire based construction firm: Bowmer and Kirkland, who undertook the Roundhouse regeneration project (completed in 2009) noted: “It is fitting that the Roundhouse should be the first building in Derby to be recorded as part of this project.”

The Derby Roundhouse is a Grade II listed building, built in 1839 and given Guinness World Record status in 2012 as the oldest surviving railway turning house in the world. 

“It is a landmark building and a piece of history which we had the honour to restore and renovate.”

“We know the building so well but to see it in 3D gives it a whole new perspective and reveals it in all its glory.”

The Mixed Realities Team was introduced to the Derby Roundhouse at Marketing Derby’s Annual Business Event 2017. Creative Director Joe Clark continued: “We cannot thank Marketing Derby and Derby College enough for allowing us to take on this amazing project.

"I was born in the city, educated in the city and doing an amazing project here in a stunning venue. We’re running our business near Derby and we want to give something back to it as a thank you for nurturing us.”

Mixed Realities have also worked on scanning other locations within Derby including the well-known Book Café in the Cathedral Quarter as part of their 3D-Derby project.  


Joe Clark