Architects display their skills at Henley Design Day
Architects from sixteen local practices set out their stalls in Henley Town Hall one chilly Saturday in March. Local newspapers and magazines and the collaborative organisation The Henley Partnership had promoted Henley Design Day – but would anybody come along to find out what architects do and talk through their ideas for a building project?
The answer is yes: around 300 people visited to talk to the architects about their building needs and desires and to find inventive and practical ways of achieving them. There was an architect to suit everyone’s need – specialists in building conservation, sustainable projects, new build and self-build as well as small domestic extensions and conversions.
Henley Design Day was opened by local MP John Howell, who said: ‘It was good to see such creative talent all in one place.’ He reminded local people to provide input to the Henley Neighbourhood Plan, to be shaped by the community.
Participating architect Alison Pressley of AP Architects in Henley commented:
‘The popularity of Henley Design Day suggests that people do value the input of an architect. But for many, this was the first time that they had spoken to one.’
She and the other participants each booked several follow-up appointments with visitors.
Mark Shipton, Chair of RIBA Oxfordshire Branch which represents more than 800 architects who are based in the county, said:
‘Henley Design Day was much enjoyed by the public and was an invaluable resource.’
James Robinson, Director of RIBA South/South East regional office that organised the event said:
‘We really wanted to give the people of Henley the opportunity to see the full range of architects’ skills and to take advantage of the fantastic design talent on their doorstep.’