Terence O’Rourke was originally appointed by the University of Surrey in 1996 as planning consultants and to provide masterplanning and environmental impact assessment for a new campus to expand teaching facilities and student accommodation.
We secured a development allocation for university purposes in the local plan which involved removal of 70 ha of land from the green belt. Care was taken to protect a scheduled monument and views to and from a nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The masterplan was granted outline planning permission in 2004 and we continue to be involved in a series of reserved matters and full planning applications for student residences, sports facilities, academic buildings and ancillary development. About 3,000 new student residences have now been built, plus the impressive new Surrey Sports Park building, a new School of Veterinary Medicine and other academic / research accommodation.
Terence O'Rourke is an award winning planning and design company, integrating these skills to help deliver exceptional projects.
Our team offers town planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and environmental planning (including environmental impact assessment, heritage and ecology) services. We have a unique skillset and approach that deals creatively with challenging planning situations to deliver commercially viable solutions across all sectors of the economy.
We work with nationally and internationally known clients including:
BAE Systems, BMW Rolls Royce, Grosvenor, McLaren and Warner Bros., major housebuilders and infrastructure providers and have worked on high profile projects and sites such as the Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa Tree Houses, the Clay Country eco-community, the Goodwood Estate, Luton Airport, Silverstone Park, Mercedes-Benz World, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Studio Tour – 'The Making of Harry Potter.'