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Engagement Consultant Wanted

Soundings is Recruiting

April 2019

Engagement Consultant

Location: London, Shoreditch EC2A
Salary: £20k – £28k, dependent upon experience
Apply to: recruitment@soundingsoffice.com with a CV and a covering letter of no more than one page
Starting date: as soon as possible

About Soundings:
Soundings is a field leader in public consultation and engagement on some of London’s most high-profile planning projects, creating and delivering bespoke programmes of community involvement and participation. Our work is based predominantly in London and across the South East. Our work spans public and private sectors, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, meanwhile projects and community

About the job:
Engagement Consultants are a vital part of our team, providing support across a range of consultation projects, working alongside developers, local authorities, architects, multidisciplinary teams, agencies and communities. Engagement Consultants help provide an integrated approach that actively supports complex design and regeneration projects.

You will work in teams of about 4 people and across multiple projects at any one time.
You will be an enthusiastic and natural communicator with excellent written and oral communications skills. This will be combined with an understanding of the role of consultation and engagement in community planning. Knowledge of planning, urban design, local government and/or architecture is an advantage but not essential.

This role offers a unique opportunity to make lasting and genuine contributions in shaping large-scale regeneration and strategic projects across London and the South East. You’ll be involved in extensive community outreach will have the opportunity to devise creative techniques to increase participation in the design and development process. You’ll also be required to devise high-quality communications to ensure maximum engagement, and this will include the use of websites and social media.

A great place to work:
Our people are our most valuable asset and we encourage people from all types of backgrounds to be part of our business, ranging from architecture and urbanism, to planning and geography, to politics, community engagement and creative practice, as well as graphic design and communications. We encourage our staff to develop their skills and reach their full potential and actively support them in this. Everyone is treated with respect and their opinion is valued no matter their level.

We offer an extraordinary collaborative working alongside dedicated, likeminded, ambitious and supportive colleagues to deliver excellence and the highest standards. In an ever changing and unpredictable context, we have to be responsive to the needs of project timescales, community feedback and politics and sometimes challenging our clients when needed to ensure the best outcome for the project and process.

The range of regeneration and development projects we work on offer an unmatched insight into London and the huge transformation it and its communities are undergoing. Project teams work from ‘penthouse to pavement’ creating a unique experience.

As an Engagement consultant will:
Work flexibly, in teams and across a number of projects
Conduct studies of local areas and their communities
Support teams to engage and consult with residents, community groups, businesses and the “hard-to-reach”
Work alongside, and liaise with, architects, planners and other professional consultants
Help design and produce content for pop-up events, exhibitions and workshops
Help plan and set-up events
Organise, attend and record meetings and events with a range of stakeholders
Database, analyse and report on findings from consultation
Handle other office duties as appropriate

Essential skills:
Good research and writing skills
You will be interested in the built environment and be educated to degree level (recent graduates are also welcome)
You will have used, or be prepared to learn, InDesign to support the production of graphic presentational materials
Competent level of IT skills
Comfortable dealing with people in public, enjoy public interaction and be a good listener
A keen eye for detail

Desirable skills:
Experience in community consultation and engagement, or through postgraduate studies
Understanding of social media
A knowledge of/interest in planning policies on a local and national level

Key qualities:
Proactive – take initiative to add creativity to consultation projects/events
Energetic and friendly – willing to proactively engage with a wide range of people
Good time management and ability to prioritise own work
Collaborative – projects often involve working as part of a larger consultant team that consist of architects, the council/developer and various other practitioners related to a development /regeneration project

After you successfully complete your probation period (6 months), you will receive access to full company benefits including Private health care, medical cash plan and income protection
25 days annual holiday (and public holidays) in addition to lieu time that can be built up if working at weekends

How to apply:
Please send us your CV and a covering letter of no more than one page to recruitment@soundingsoffice.com by 28 April 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled ahead of the deadline.


Festive Greetings!

From all of us at Fluid and Soundings to all we have worked and collaborated with in 2018 we wish you a great break and a happy, prosperous and special 2019!

Digital Designer Wanted

Digital Designer:
Soundings is the sister company to Fluid Design Ltd. Soundings is a thriving and growing Shoreditch based consultancy with over 15 years’ experience focusing on community and stakeholder engagement, consultation and co-design and cutting edge, high profile urban projects. We are looking for a massively enthusiastic and talented Digital designer/Front-End Developer to join our team, based in central London. Someone with min 3 years experience who also has an eye for design and is at ease working alongside graphic designers and in bringing to life complex online layouts.

You will be joining a design team and work directly with the creative director to help deliver high-quality responsive websites. The role will cover a range of channels including: Newsletter design. WordPress based websites, HTML development for Display Banners (Media), Feedback forms and etc.

Required Skills:
– At least 3 years digital design experience
– BA(Hons) in Digital Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Communications or related field.
– Ability to develop and execute outstanding interactive design concepts
– A solid knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress and Front-End Tools ( incorporating video, sound and interactive elements. )
– Knowledge of Javascript would be desirable
– Experience using PHP (mainly Front End) & PHP Framework
– Email/newsletter/online feedback form construction
– Experience of mobile design and device optimisation – Ensuring that user journeys across mobile and desktop products are responsive and adaptive and meet the needs of the business
– Experience with popular CMS engines like WordPress

Key Qualities & Skills:
– High attention to details, with a strong visual aesthetic
– Potential experience for creating animations
– Ability to work under pressure
– Ability to work across multiple projects
– Strong digital UX/UI Design
– Excellent appreciation of Typography, Colour and Layout
– A solid understanding of Adobe softwares (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
– Strong communication skills
– Pro-active and motivated
– Team player
– Flexible

Company’s website:

Some examples of our work:

Annual Salary:
£30,000 – £40,000 per annum | Depending on experience
Six months probation, permanent post on offer on satisfactory completion
25 days annual holiday (and public holidays)

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.