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Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc.

358 Talbot Street

London, Ontario

N6A 2R6

T. 519.673.1190

John Nicholson

Jim Sheffield

Gerald Gallacher

Walter Derhak

The London Roundhouse

London, Ontario

Built in 1887, the London Roundhouse was originally intended to service locomotives, though it had seen a number of other uses over time. The renovation project our firm designed for the building saw this industrial landmark reinvigorated into a contemporary space, while also accommodating future plans to expand and develop the surrounding site. 

Designing renovations for the space, we sought to showcase the best aspects of the existing building, while adding interior structures and informal work-areas that featured raw “industrial” interventions. The building’s large arched doors were replaced and can now be opened. The renovation also makes use of the space’s height – with multi-level meeting rooms and work areas that maintain a visual relationship with the rest of space.

The broader design and planning for the project accommodated future goals to expand the site, with planned space for businesses and a multi-storey residential tower.  The renovated Roundhouse space was designed to house a digital marketing company, who graciously share the space to support a variety of community events (including theatre, concerts, and other gatherings), serving as a catalyst to reinvigorate the surrounding neighbourhood. 

This project was recognized with a 2015 Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Re-Use and a national Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award for Building Heritage.