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About The Roundhouse Company

Our Story
The Roundhouse Company, based in Runcorn, Cheshire, was founded by husband-and-wife team, Annabel and Alan Cameron-Duff. During a Natural Building Apprenticeship in the States in 2001, we discovered the joys of building with cob. Inspired by the flexible and sculptural nature of building with earth and the inclusive and community spirit it imparted, we returned home to set up ‘Earthed’ in 2003. During this time we enjoyed exploring a variety of materials including cob, hemp, lime, straw, stone and timber to create meaningful spaces that engaged the mind, body and soul.

In 2011, we collaborated with two schools to build two unique outdoor classroom spaces built in context with their surrounding environment. Here we developed the idea further of creating a space that provided a blank canvas for arts, crafts and educational projects. Continually drawn to the inclusive and calming energy of curvilinear spaces we decided to make the move into the world of all things round and hence The Roundhouse Company was born.

As artists and designers, we have strived to make the act of building a crystallisation of creative energies that contribute to everybody's health and well being of spirit. By including educational workshops as part of many of our builds we wish to provide hands-on learning experiences that enable people to access their own creativity. The Roundhouse Company are committed to inspiring and educating people from all walks of life in the art of natural building. We invite people to reconnect not only with nature but with themselves and empower them with skills to bring about positive change within their own lives and their communities.

Over the last 13 years we have collaborated with a wealth of organisations, groups and individuals from people with mental health problems and learning difficulties to school and refugee groups.

These collaborations have included:


  • Wildfowl & Wetland Trusts

  • Wildlife Trusts

  • Community Centres

  • Mental Health Charities

  • Community Composting Network member sites

  • Sure Start

  • City Councils

  • Museum and Gardens

  • Primary Schools

  • Sculpture Parks

  • Community Farms

  • Art Collectives

  • Private Residences

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