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16 January 2013 | Posted by Andy Thompson
Beacon Planning has been ranked as one of the UK's leading employers of chartered town planners and identified in the top tier of consultancies offering planning services in the eastern region.

The planning consultancy features in the latest annual Planning survey conducted by the trade journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The latest survey sees Beacon Planning rise ten places above its position in the previous year, with a new ranking of 68 out of 114 consultancies identified in the category.

Widely acknowledged for its work in the heritage sector – which, in Cambridge has seen the consultancy work on projects which include the American Cemetery at Madingley and the Divinity School at St John's College – Beacon Planning's ranking as one of the leading employers of chartered town planners has been boosted by the opening of a London office last year.

In the survey's regional breakdown, Beacon Planning sees itself identified alongside property names in Cambridge such as Bidwells and Savills who, as multi-disciplinary consultancies, offer planning as part of a range of property services.

While heritage and conservation work remains at its core, last year saw Beacon Planning working on a number of projects in sectors which included education, commercial property and healthcare.

Current high profile Cambridge projects in 2013 see Beacon Planning involved with the proposals for the new Nuffield Hospital on Trumpington Road and the consultancy also has ongoing interests on several phases of the cb1 redevelopment, as well as projects for a number of the University colleges.

Andy Thompson, director, Beacon Planning, confirms that the consultancy is expecting significant growth this year too as it consolidates its established services from the Cambridge office and looks to expand its remit in newer sectors from both the Cambridge and London locations.

He says: "There's a degree of cross-fertilisation of skills and expertise given the compatibility of locations, but we're looking to our London connection as a substantial source of the growth we're anticipating in the coming year."