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The humble Rotunda was intially created in 2011 by our founder and spatial designer Gemma Roe – who, pregnant at the time with her first child was on a mission to create a truly sustainable modular eco-building which would enhance wellbeing and encourage togetherness.   Drawing inspiration from the curves in nature and the neolithic and Iron age Roundhouses, Gemma started from the very beginning.  The circle. The symbol of unity & the parent of all subsequent shapes.   Some may call it an over-enthusiastic bout of ‘nesting instinct’, (?!) she prefers to think of it as divine inspiration!!   The first prototype was built and tested in 2012.

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Today, the business is run and managed by a small and friendly team with over 40 years of building experience.

Philip Kay – Managing Director

He’s been building houses since the age of 22 and there isn’t anything he doesn’t know about construction.

He’s astonishingly fussy and has a keen eye for good workmanship! A stickler for time, and a stickler for quality. Philip personally ensures that the devil is in the detail and that our clients are being looked after – each and every step of the way.

Philip is a leader of men and admired by many – and the chattiest person you’re ever likely to meet.  Feel free to pick up the phone if you’re having a bad day, Philip is an expert at cheering people up and ensuring that our clients are delivered not only a flawless product but a lot of laughter along the way!eco friendly garden rooms About Us joanna hayes

Joanna Hayes – Project Manager

Aint a job too small or none to big for Joanna – she’s a sharp cookie, goddess of nature and she’s been working with Rotunda for over three years now, keeping the books in order, keeping the timber moving in the right direction, maintaining an efficient workshop and keeping our team together! A skilled project manager, procurement manager, client liaiser… the list is endless.   If you’re in Joanna’s hands you know your job is going to run smoothly!  (IE: If you want a Rotunda constructed on a mountain, in a hurricane, whilst facing a timber-shortage, she’s your woman!)

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The Joinery Team – +6 craftsmen with over 40 years combined eco friendly garden rooms About Us guysexperience in joinery and manufacturing

Our skilled joinery team consists of skilled cabinet makers, site joiners, bench joiners and plastering and finishing tradesmen.

We work with three core individuals for fitting and installation, Graeme (that smiley chap on the left!),  Ryan and Lee.   All three are partial to a bacon sandwich and we find that they work faster on site when they’re being spoilt by our clients with tea, coffee & compliments! eco friendly garden rooms About Us joinery garden rooms uk

In our workshop, we rely entirely on the skill and expert craftsmanship of our lead cabinet maker Dan and his team of joiners who make the prescision engineered panels a work of art.

Lesser-known but (just as important!) members of our team

We work closely with architects, surveyors and architectural technicians who all help to bring our clients dreams into reality.      We also welcome the involvement of two of our longest-standing friends and accomplices, Dawn Heather Gibbins and our company mascot Esmee Connelly (who, without her arrival five years ago, the Rotunda may not have been possible!)

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