Press release: 31.03.15
Terence O’Rourke has hit the hat trick with three projects shortlisted in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015. The Awards, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will be held at the Pullman London St Pancras on 6 July 2015.
The planning consultancy has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Decision Making in Planning’ category for its work with MEPC and Patrizia at Hillington Park near Glasgow. It was a monumental project that saw Terence O’Rourke secure the first simplified planning zone in Scotland in more than 20 years.
It has also been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places’ category for its work on Whiteley Town Centre. As the retained planners for the Whiteley Co-ownership (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.
In addition, another of Terence O’Rourke’s projects, which it worked on alongside Barratt Homes, Grosvenor and USS has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing’ category.
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 considering we have been shortlisted in not just one but three categories. It’s further proof that we are delivering industry-leading results for our clients.”
The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence.
Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field.”
Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.
For more information on the awards visit the RTPI website.