Soundings are community engagement experts

We have established the benchmark for public and stakeholder consultation. Working for major clients across London and the UK on some of the most challenging projects in the built environment; including Kings Cross Central, Lower Lea valley Olympic masterplan and currently Chelsea Barracks.

We believe:

  • Investment in communities will provide real opportunities creating social and physical capital. What we do is Place-making. It’s a collaborative process, and builds a community of interest as well as an enhanced identity
  • To be successful we have to build trust and address responsibilities. This will increase social capital in a community. Community empowerment means maximising stakeholder access throughout the whole design and construction process.
  • Community engagement will have benefits for individuals who take part.
  • Better design through active participation

We work with developers, local authorities, architects, multidisciplinary teams, agencies and communities to provide an integrated approach that actively supports complex design and regeneration projects. We welcome collaborations with other practitioners. Please get in touch if you have an idea for a project.

What people say about us

“Soundings’ ground breaking work in consultation brings a new dimension to the planning process enabling participants to have a creative role rather than just ticking boxes”

Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture

“They have pioneered new ways of approaching place making founded on the belief that the voice of clients and users are central to the co-creation of good design”

Jeremy Till, Dean, University of Westminster

“They will make their client think and work hard – what else would you want!?”

Roger Madelin, Chief Executive, Argent plc

“Developing a piece of work of this scale and complexity in such a short timeframe has set new standards for others to follow”

Tony Winterbottom, Regeneration Director, LDA, London 2012 Olympic Bid

“… an independently-facilitated engagement with local residents generating important and informative-findings which we will use to shape the revised planning application”

Andrew Simpson, Programme Director, SWLSG, NHS Trust

“… this is the first time we have been properly involved and part of the decision making process”

Thames View resident, Chairman A13 Group

“Community engagement activity was highly creative and innovative”

Daniel Fordham, High Street 2012 Project Manager, LB Tower Hamlets