How we started

Founded 40 years ago by Gillian Harwood and her late partner and architect, Philip Lancashire. They rescued this robust Victorian bus factory and timber yard, converting it with flair and imagination. The first part of the restoration, known as Omnibus, became a resounding success and, in 1985, Philip and Gillian were asked by Islington Council and the City of London if they would consider taking over more of the old factory. A brave move in those days, but one they never regretted and which awarded Gillian, Business Woman of the Year – an accolade presented to her by the late Margaret Thatcher.

The history and charm of the old factory is apparent throughout and its quirky individuality remains. It’s not like any other business centre in London and our clients like it that way.

If History is your thing, then you’ll enjoy reading about this wonderful site and the important part it played in British history.


Meet the team

Here we are! We’re a friendly bunch who truly understand the importance of customer service, so you’ll be in good hands.


Gillian Harwood
Founder and MD

Maintenance Management

Demelza | Steve | Marion |
Isobel | Jessica
Management, Maintenance and Marketing

Barbora | Ashleigh
Front of House

Mahesh | Naomi | Rajan

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“…that the management and staff are lovely, there is a community and family-business type feel. You’ve been great during the Covid crisis, very proactive, and kind, and helpful.”

Joel Gershinson, Director

“….we have been delighted with the space, the flexibility and helpfulness of Busworks Management team and the lovely vibe in the building.”

Philip Jaffa , Founder/Director Scape