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About Us

Our Story:

TPO (The Planning Office Limited – est. 2004) is an emerging design studio with a growing list of impressive clients and partners. Over the last 14 years the practice has evolved and gained dependable experience in the design and delivery of retail, commercial, residential and public space projects. Our portfolio contain strong examples of architectural & interior fit-out design projects for which we have also provided the project management and administration. Based in Oxfordshire with a growing reputation in London and the surrounding counties, we are available for local, nationwide or international projects.


Our Approach:


We will immerse ourselves in your vision and enhance it with our experience, providing you with dependable and reassuring guidance throughout the process. Our primary focus is to deliver on your expectations and exceed them where we can.

Our studio is as humble as our character, but our ideas are a perfect contrast and we are regularly engaged by the most renowned London Creative Agencies to collaborate on the design of cutting edge projects. We have experience from our own adventures that, combined with our learnings from the top agencies allows us to deliver the highest quality results.

Your Team:


Founder/Director Ben Connell was trained in 3D design at Berkshire College of Art & Design and has worked in the fields of architecture and interior design for the last 20 years. A natural inquisitor, he loves to challenge conventional practice in order to find the innovative solution in an ever changing construction design industry. We have two senior board level Project Directors who's expertise enables us to guide you with budgets and realistic timescales through to practical completion and handover. Studio support is provided by a team of freelance designers and specialists that form our trusted flexible network of collaborators.

Why Choose Us?

Selecting a design company for your project is a big decision, we understand and respect that. You need someone you can trust to help guide you and realise the vision that you have. At TPO Design, we are proud of the fact that we are a small practice. It enables us to keep our overheads low and the cost to you reflects that. We can provide you with a service that is more personal than dealing with a bigger company without compromising on the level of service you receive. Each member of our small team is involved with every project and brings their own point of view from their individual experiences at senior levels of major corporations. 

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