Press Release: 15.10.2015
Terence O’Rourke has once again been recognised for its outstanding work in the RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2015.
The planning consultancy, which counts Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and The McLaren Campus in Surrey among its successful projects, won the 'Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places’ category for its work on Whiteley Town Centre. As the retained planner for the Whiteley Co-Ownership Trust (a joint venture between British Land and USS) for almost 20 years, Terence O’Rourke has secured a range of retail consents at Whiteley, which is now a bustling retail centre.
The team's second award of the evening was for 'Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing'. Terence O'Rourke worked with David Wilson Homes on the Newbury Racecourse Redevelopment, one of the biggest redevelopments of a leisure destination in the UK. The ambitious project will see the building of a new sustainable, mixed-use community of up to 1,500 new homes, including up to 450 affordable homes.
Tim Hancock, managing director of Terence O’Rourke, said: “To be recognised by the largest professional institute for planners in Europe is a huge honour, particularly to win in two categories. It’s further proof that we are delivering industry-leading results for our clients.”
These awards are the most recent in a long line of awards for Terence O'Rourke, including 15 in the last ten years from the RTPI.
The awards, held last week at Reading Town Hall and Museum, have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence. Projects on the shortlist were recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through planning and other consent systems.