This circular cutlery factory was purpose designed by Sir Michael Hopkins for David Mellor in 1990 and has become
one of the iconic works of modern British architecture.
The David Mellor site was formerly the Hathersage village gasworks. The factory was built on
the foundations of the old gas cylinder, hence the circular form. Built in local gritstone with spectacular
lead roof, this highly functional building is set discreetly in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Round Building has received numerous architectural and countryside awards, including the
BBC Design Prize.
Free of charge guided tours of the factory providing an overview of the company, building and how David Mellor cutlery is made are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.
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of David Mellor cutlery
Above, the Round Building cutlery factory. Below, detail of lead roof. Left, interior of the factory