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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.

Soundings activity: Spring 2013

Here’s a look into what we’ve been up to recently and all the exciting projects we are working on. We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

BISHOPSGATE GOODSYARD

Following on from initial outreach in 2011, Soundings have now launched ‘Thinking, Talking, Shaping The Goodsyard’, a programme of community engagement to inform regeneration proposals for The Goodsyard site. This unique site is located between Shoreditch, Banglatown and Spitalfields on the edge of the City and surrounds Shoreditch High Street Station. It was formerly home to the Bishopsgate Goods Yard depot (mostly derelict since 1964) and is 4.7 hectare in size – which is equivalent to about 7.5 international football pitches.

Soundings have been ‘on the ground’ meeting local people and hosting pop-up events to find out how the area is changing and the important issues to consider. The first in a series of project newsletters has been issued; and in June we will be hosting Ideas Week – an intense period of idea generation and design activity involving the whole community – please contact us to get involved.

Ideas Week

Public Workshop: Ideas Exchange

Tuesday 18 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 20 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Public Exhibition

Monday 17 June, 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 18 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Wednesday 19 June, 2pm – 8pm

Saturday 22 June, 11am – 5pm

The Saturday is a summary exhibition that will include feedback and output from Ideas Week.

You can visit the project website www.thegoodsyardlondon.co.uk or contact Soundings on 020 7729 1705 or email team@thegoodsyardlondon.co.uk

LONDON DOCK

London Dock held their third series of consultation events in Pennington Street Warehouse. Over three days from 24th to the 25th of April we presented the proposed designs for the 6.5 hectare site, that will shortly go in for submission. We also hosted two design presentations and a children’s workshop.

All the information from the exhibition including a specially commissioned film about the area can be found on the dedicated London Dock website: www.londondockconsultation.co.uk

COVENT GARDEN

Soundings have been carrying out public consultation for Capco’s proposed Kings Court and Carriage Hall developments in Covent Garden which aim to create new public space, pedestrian links, retail and resturants in the area.

We conducted a number of street consultation events in March to gather thoughts and aspirations for the area, as well as map people’s routes. In April we staged a public exhibition which presented the designs and invited feedback and discussion.

Capco are now preparing to submit a planning application for the proposals. For more information on the project, please visit  www.kingscourt-coventgarden.com

KINGS ROAD

Soundings held a second public exhibition in February to consult on the emerging issues and design options. The exhibition was very well attended and we are grateful to all those who visited and shared their views. Further community liaison group meetings have also taken place. The public will have the opportunity to view and comment on the Preferred Option in June 2013. If you want to find out more please go to www.200-222kr.com

HORNSEY DEPOT

Soundings have been appointed by St James Group & Sainsbury’s to undertake public consultation on the redevelopment of the Hornsey Depot site. The scheme proposes a supermarket and residential apartments in the heart of Hornsey town centre.

We will shortly be holding public exhibitions and workshops where we will invite the local community to have their say on the plans.

Visit www.hornseydepot.com to find out more about the proposals and how to get involved in the consultation.

FITZROVIA


Soundings are delighted to announce the launch of the Derwent London Community Investment Initiative. This will make funding, as well as investments in kind, available for community projects in the Fitzrovia area.
In 2012, Soundings was commissioned by Derwent London to conduct the ‘Understanding Fitzrovia’ research exercise, where we spoke to many key stakeholders to understand what the local priorities were and to identify opportunities for local community investment.  The Community Investment Initiative has been developed to reflect the suggestions made and to enable local groups and individuals to put forward project ideas for funding and support.
In the next 3 to 5 years, Derwent London will be investing a total of £250,000 in the Fitzrovia area.
For more information on the Community Investment Initiative please visit:

 

Soundings activity: January & February 2013

2013 is under way here at Soundings, and we’ve been busy as ever! Here are some project updates which tell you a little bit about the community engagement and consultation work we’ve been doing recently…

KINGS ROAD

Soundings are carrying out the consultation for the proposed redevelopment of 200-222 Kings Road.

The site forms part of Cadogan’s Chelsea Estate and Cadogan are proposing to create a new mixed-use development, including providing a new cinema and pub on the existing site.

Soundings have carried out several pop-up street consultation events, and in December held the first exhibition in the consultation hub at 186 Kings Road. This involved introducing the key principles, presenting the findings from the pop-up events and gathering feedback on initial design concepts. A further exhibition and community liaison group meeting will follow in the next month.

Follow the project here: www.200-222kr.com

MAKING ECCLESTON PLACE

In 2012 Soundings were busy gathering ideas from local residents, visitors and key stakeholders about the future of Eccleston Place in Southern Belgravia.

The consultation process is now complete and a final report is being compiled which will feed into Grosvenor’s masterplan vision.

For more information on the project visit: www.makingecclestonplace.com

PINEWOOD STUDIOS DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

On 1st February 2013 Pinewood submitted a planning application to South Bucks District Council (SBDC) for the expansion of the Studios.

Following 6 months of consultation, Soundings compiled the comments and views of the community and local stakeholders into the Statement of Community Involvement, which was submitted to SBDC alongside the planning application.

It is intended that the Community Liaison Group, who have acted as a sounding board for the design development, will continue to meet and discuss matters relating to the application.

We would like to say thank you to those who have taken part in the consultation process for the Development Framework for Pinewood Studios.

For more information on the project visit: www.pinewoodgroup.com/pinewoodexpansion/consultation-material