What we have been up to...


Aylesbury Estate Regeneration

Soundings are working with Notting Hill Housing Association on the ambitious regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate.  Far from the negative image generally portrayed in media, we have found, from our initial pop up events, exhibitions and workshops, a very welcoming community that we are looking forward to working with to ensure the transition and new designs best meet their needs.

We were delighted that Channel 4 recently screened the Creation Trust’s alternative ident, which shows the estate from the perspective of the residents. It can be viewed here.

Aylesbury Estate Regeneration

 

 

Derwent London Community Fund Year 2 – Recipients announced!

We are delighted to announce the  recipients for the second round of the Derwent London Community Fund. In May 2013, Derwent London launched a £250,000 community investment programme to support community projects in Fitzrovia. In the first year of the fund  five local groups received £70,000 and a further £75,000 has just been allocated!

The projects chosen for this year are:
Fitzrovia Noir: 140 Characters or less – an art project portraying streetlife in Fitzrovia
Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association: Positive Health exercise and massage project for Bangladeshi and elderly women.
Upbeat Music: Songs inspired by Dylan Thomas – music project for people with mental health issues.
All Souls Clubhouse: supporting the Clubcare project and providing new kitchen facilities
All Souls Primary School: Learning together through technology; photography project for children
Women Like Us: From Playground to Payslip – supporting Fitzrovia parents to combine work and family life
ARTfitzrovia: Taking the next steps – expanding the platform for this art collective for homeless adults

For more information on the Derwent London Community Fund and the selected projects click here.

Soundings activity update – July 2013

We hope you’ve been enjoying the sunny summer weather! Here’s a catch-up of the exciting projects we’ve been doing all across the city. Click on the project website links to find out more!

THE GOODSYARD

Consultation on The Goodsyard continues to grow into summer 2013 following a successful period of community engagement earlier this year. The unique site between Shoreditch, Banglatown and Spitalfields was formerly home to the Bishopsgate Goods Yard depot and has been identified as a major development opportunity that will help to regenerate the area.

Following wide-ranging outreach and engagement earlier this year, we held an Ideas Week in June – an intense period of idea generation and design activity with exhibitions, public workshops and focus sessions involving the whole community (view the video above!). The Concept Masterplan Exhibition took place in July, where early design responses from the masterplanning team were presented to gather feedback and understand if the scheme is headed in the right direction.

Further consultation and youth engagement within the local community will be happening in the coming months, where more detailed information on the design will be developed and broad parameters of the masterplan have been agreed. Please visit the website, Twitter, or Facebook to get involved.

LONDON DOCK

The hybrid-planning application for London Dock was submitted on 29th May and was followed by an exhibition presenting the planning documents and key information on the 29th of June, 2nd and 3rd of July and a Community Forum hosted by Tower Hamlets on the 4th of July. Visit the website to find out more.

WOOD WHARF

In June we held a public exhibition presenting the evolving masterplan for the site, in order to gather feedback from the local community. This is now being reviewed by the design and developer team and further consultation events will take place in due course. Visit the website to find out more about the project and keep up to date with the consultation.

HORNSEY DEPOT

A series of well-attended exhibitions and workshops took place in mid-June on the redevelopment of the Hornsey Depot site in Haringey. The site is proposed to be a a mix used development with 400 homes by St. James, a Sainsbury’s store, car park, and work space. At the exhibition visitors could see plans for the site, discuss these with the team and leave their feedback. Ideas for how to integrate the development into the local area and community, and traffic and parking issues were discussed in greater depth at two evening workshops.

Visit the website to find out more about the proposals and how to get involved in the consultation.

KING’S ROAD

A successful exhibition was held over 5 days in late June to present the final designs for the redevelopment of 200-222 Kings Road. The feedback from this is now being reviewed. For more information please visit the website.

Race for Life!

On Sunday 14th July the Soundings and Fluid team took part in the Race for Life to help raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. It was a sunny, challenging and inspiring day and we have managed to raise almost £1300 so far! If you would like to contribute please click here !

Thank you! And well done ladies!

July 2013: We are recruiting

It’s a busy summer here at Soundings and we are now looking for some fantastic new people to join our diverse team. If you are a committed and creative individual with experience in or passion for community engagement in regeneration and placemaking, please get in touch. Below are brief descriptions of the roles available. Please click on the links to download more information.

Community Consultation and Engagement Manager:

Soundings are looking to recruit a public engagement consultant with 3-5 years experience in this field. Good graphic, written and oral communications skills are essential and experience at devising and implementing creative engagement techniques a requirement combined with an understanding of the role of consultation and engagement in community planning. Knowledge of planning, urban design and/or architecture is an advantage and a desire to build a shared agenda for change, crucial.

This is a unique opportunity to lead teams making genuine contributions to large-scale regeneration and strategic projects for London. Consultation processes generally involve extensive community outreach and mapping, developing creative techniques for people to participate in the design and development process in a meaningful way and ensuring high quality communications and feedback loops are maintained – including the use of websites and social media.

Please click here for a full job description and details of how to apply.

Community Consultation and Engagement Assistant:

Soundings are looking to recruit 2 public engagement consultants keen to make a start in this field. Good graphic, written and oral communications skills are essential; combined with an understanding of the role of consultation and engagement in community planning. Knowledge of planning, urban design and/or architecture is an advantage; experience at creative engagement techniques an asset and a desire to build a shared agenda for change, crucial.

This is a unique opportunity to make genuine contributions to large-scale regeneration and strategic projects for London. Consultation processes generally involve extensive community outreach and mapping, developing creative techniques for people to participate in the design and development process in a meaningful way and ensuring high quality communications and feedback loops are maintained – including the use of websites and social media.

Please click here for a full job description and details of how to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.