The design of small molecules that mimic the BH3 domain and bind to Bcl-2 proteins has emerged as a promising approach to discovering novel anti-cancer therapeutics. We reveal the design and synthesis of conformationally constrained benzoylurea scaffolds as conformational probes. Central to helix mimicry, the intramolecular hydrogen bond in the benzoylurea plays a key role in the pre-organisation of the acyclic substrates for cyclisation via ring closing metathesis, providing efficient access to the constrained mimetics. ? The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012.