The Roundhouse is a landmark in north London and part of national collective memory. It has been transformed into an international performing arts venue and a creative centre for young people by John McAslan. After an open competition, the Norman Trust and the Roundhouse Trust appointed Fletcher Priest to examine how additional Roundhouse facilities and a range of other compatible uses could be accommodated on the vacant site to the west of the Grade II* listed building.
The site currently serves as the only access for deliveries, vehicle manoeuvring and improvised storage. For the Roundhouse to operate continuously, building works had to be designed and planned to avoid disruption. In addition, the Roundhouse is the annual venue of the BBC Electric Proms, an event that requires a significant amount of flexible space for temporary offices, outside broadcast vehicles and parking.
The potential of the site has been explored through a number of studies, one of which is illustrated here, and a proposal is currently in development. This includes new offices for the Roundhouse administration, a multi-purpose rehearsal space with flexible seat storage and areas allocated for recording studios and apartments. The Roundhouse has had a major impact on the cultural and social life of Camden and is much loved and respected. The expansion of its facilities will allow it to extend its role as a venue for extraordinary events.