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Henley Halebrown

Henley Halebrown

Location London - UK


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 profiles 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.

In 2000, the practice was shortlisted for Building Young Practice of the Year. Two years later, Simon Henley was shortlisted for Young Architect of the Year. In 2005, the practice was invited to exhibit in the 40Under40 Architects exhibition at the V&A. The range of work brought recognition with ‘Best In Europe – Office’ 2004 and UK Healthcare Architect of the Year 2008.

HHbR believes that buildings have a huge impact on those who use them and the institutions that commission them. Perhaps, because we spend almost as much time working with existing buildings and listed structures as we do designing new ones, we believe that buildings should endure. Almost every commission is treated as a piece of “public architecture” – an aspiration that was acknowledged by the title Public Building Architect of the Year in 2011.

To date, the practice has won five RIBA awards for Shepherdess Walk, Talkback Thames, St.Benedict’s School, Junction Arts & Civic Centre and the Akerman Health Centre, which made the RIBA Stirling Prize Midlist in 2013.

In 2010, Ralph Buschow left and the practice was renamed. Today, the principals and their three associates Craig Linnell (joined 1997), Steve Lyman (joined 1999) and Rhiannon Sutton (joined 2007) lead an experienced team who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and real commitment to building intelligent, useful, beautiful and robust buildings. Our work remains varied, much of it in London, but with projects in the South of England and abroad. It is a mix that we are determined to maintain to ensure we bring a fresh perspective to our work and unique insights to our clients.


Civic Trust Award, 2014 Midlist, RIBA Stirling Prize, 2013 RIBA Award, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2002, 2000 Public Building Architect of the Year, 2011 Healthcare Architect of the Year, 2011

Project sectors

  • Housing Scheme (20+)

Specialist skills

  • Self-Build
  • Sustainable Design
  • Historic Restoration
  • Refurbishment
  • Masterplanning

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Henley Halebrown

1-6 Copper Lane

London’s first co-housing scheme consists of six homes. The architecture supports an 'intentional' community and, with it’s shared facilities, heralds radical changes in the urban home. It shows how architecture can respond to a new social need that has arisen through changes in both lifestyles and economics, making home ownership more affordable as well as shaping more convivial and sustainable neighbourhoods.