Henley Halebrown Rorrison
The practice began as a series of informal collaborations. Simon Henley and Gavin Hale-Brown studied together in Liverpool in the late Eighties. Some years later, Simon, Ken Rorrison and Ralph Buschow began teaching and working together in London. By 1995, the partners had established Buschow Henley. During the first couple of years, the practice worked on a range of interiors, exhibitions and domestic schemes and completed a number of high profile offices underpinned by research carried out in conjunction with University College London. Then in 1997, the Manhattan Loft Corporation commissioned the practice to convert the 10,000m2 Shepherdess Walk industrial building in Shoreditch into loft apartments. A number of other “adaptive reuse” projects followed including Talkback Thames’ HQ and EWN Pugin’s disused but listed St.Monica’s Hoxton London Board School which the practice redeveloped for Shoreditch NDC. Finally, the 2000s brought new-build commissions for schools, healthcare and housing plus a string of awards and competition-wins.