Buschow Henley bring to education an understanding of people and of complex organisations. Our work is inspired through consulting with pupils, teachers and parents to create learning environments that are a reflection of their education culture rather than simply a response to the latest policy guidance.
In 1995 we undertook feasibility to develop a mobile teaching theatre for L’Ouverture, a learning charity, working in south and east London with primary school children and young adults. Although still awaiting funding, in 2002 we completed a permanent base for L’Ouverture at Trinity Buoy Wharf on the north bank of the Thames overlooking the Dome.
In 1998 the Virtual Reality Centre was created within an existing building at University College, London. In 2000 we were runners-up in the DfES sponsored Schoolworks competition, the brief for the architecture to positively affect the education outcomes. In 2002 we worked in conjunction with the Prison Service, and think tanks the Do Tank and Demos to research and develop a model prison where the building and regime sought to reduce recidivism.
Most recently our competition-winning scheme for a Performing Arts Building at Caldicott Preparatory School in South Buckinghamshire was completed in time for the start of the 2004-2005 academic year. The building accommodates a new performance space together with several additional teaching areas and creates a new quad which provides a heart to the school.
It has been widely published in the London Evening Standard, the RIBA Journal and the inaugural issue of School Buildings.