Team behind Terry’s Chocolate Factory revamp expands in Edinburgh

Arcus Consultancy Services launches UK-wide property firm

Planning, environmental and engineering specialist Arcus Consultancy Services, whose projects include renovating Terry’s Chocolate Factory in York, has launched a new UK-wide multi-disciplinary enviroment and design consultancy specialising in the built environment.
The firm, which has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York and Cape Town, will operate the new business – ‘Surface Property’ – from across its three UK locations and says the brand will build on Arcus’s 10-year success within the energy and renewable sectors.
It says Surface brings particular focus to the planning and property sector, working on exciting projects including Terrys Chocolate Factory, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and Tetley’s Brewery.
It claims the new property brand offers a bespoke, high quality service to existing and potential property clients and hits the ground running, with a team of more than 50 staff providing a wide range of services across a breadth of specialisms from acoustics and affordable housing, to urban design and planning.
It says Surface combines its considerable skills and expertise to provide a commercial, efficient and common sense approach to delivering development sites through the planning process.
Greg Shillabeer, director of Surface, said: “Since launching Arcus 10 years ago, we’ve grown rapidly and have worked with all major developers in the UK in terms of renewable energy.  We’re using this experience to work more closely with property developers and, especially within the housing sector, we understand the current issues they face and we want to help build the new homes that the country needs.
“We’ve achieved the highest planning success rate in renewables when compared to our competitors – there’s no reason why we can’t achieve the same level of success in the property sector.
“The new brand, Surface, will capitalise on our expertise in this area and we intend to continue growing our offer through a range of specialist property services that will assist across the whole life cycle of a development.”


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