About Rotunda Roundhouseseco friendly garden rooms About Us GEMMA ROE ROTUNDA

The ‘Rotunda’ modular eco-building was brought into existence in 2011 by our founder and spatial designer Gemma Roe.  Pregnant at the time with her first child, Gemma was on a mission to create a truly sustainable structure which would enhance human well-being & support our British Woodlands.  Above all else, she was determined to provide an uplifting and inspiring alternative to the vast swathe of generic boxes available in the marketplace today.   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.   After all, the majority of mammals with which which we share this planet live in nests, dens or a burrows.   It’s doubftul that a square nest exists anywhere in the natural world.

Gemma feels passionately that the wonderful feeling we get from curves and circles within our built environment is hard-wired into our DNA (See https://rotunda.co.uk/our-philosophy/ for futher details on the philosophy behind the design).  Some may call it an over-enthusiastic bout of ‘nesting instinct’ but she prefers to think of it as divine inspiration!

The first prototype was built and tested in 2012.eco friendly garden rooms About Us gemma roe rotunda roundhouses

The business is run and managed by three Directors – Gemma, Philip and Joanna, and their small and friendly joinery eam with over 40 years of building experience.

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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 rotunda roundhouses 1

Joanna Hayes

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 six years ago, the Rotunda may not have been possible!)eco friendly garden rooms About Us dawn gemma esmee garden room 1In 2018 we were joined by two additional shareholders.  Our clients, who loved the product so much they invested in our future growth by becoming part of our team.  Sally Woods (R) and Maria Woods (C) (with Joanna (L))

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