Author Archives: Amanda Walker

Oasis Centre Futures

Oasis are a charitable trust based near Waterloo, opposite Lambeth North Station. They are looking to redevelop the Oasis Centre site, expand community activities and boost the local area. Soundings are facilitating ‘Oasis Centre Futures’ – the process of engagement to involve all who have an interest in the area, to develop a shared vision for the future of the site.

We are very excited to be working on a project with community benefits at the root of its purpose. Oasis support the community through a diverse range of services and activities for children, families and adults. They seek to build community and include everyone and are motivated by their Christian faith, but work with those of all faiths and none.

The economic climate means capital grant funding will be very difficult to secure in the coming years. Therefore, Oasis has explored mixed use enabling development options. Through a competitive process Oasis has partnered with United House to help realise this opportunity.

We are currently at the very first stages of this process and are holding one-to-one interviews with local stakeholders. We hope to be launching an extensive public consultation process in the near future.

For more information please visit

Capturing Kingston: The Ancient Market Area

Soundings has recently completed a seven-month-strong engagement process in Kingston Town Centre. Taking the first steps to achieving an Ancient Market Area that reflects what is valued about this historical part of Kingston and addresses needs to revitalise the market-quarter of a high street dominated town.

Through this iterative design process, the design team (JMP and Tonkin Liu) have been responding to Town Centre needs, local priorities and values. Fine-tuning concept proposals for the whole Ancient Market Area, plus outline designs for the Market Place. This has set the foundations of a substantial project that will continue to develop over the years to come.

Good news! Things are looking good for Kingston Town Centre and the Ancient Market Area. Kingston has received over £2 million for Town Centre improvements from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, the largest round two single award!

Thanks from Soundings to everyone who has been involved and contributed your valuable time and ideas.

You can find out more on the project web page at


Shell Centre Dialogue

Proposals are being developed for a mixed-use redevelopment of the Shell Centre site, which is likely to include offices, residential and retail elements. Soundings were appointed as an impartial member of the masterplanning team in November 2011 and have been carrying out initial outreach and our first series of workshops and exhibitions in the month of February. You can find out more at

Latest news: Masterplanner Michael Squire of Squire + Partners will be introduced to local groups and individuals at the Concept Masterplan exhibition and workshops on 13th and 15th March 2012. Local residents, community and business representatives and visitors can attend at the following times:

2 York Road, London SE1 7NA .

13 March 2012
Drop-in Exhibition 3.00-6.00pm
Workshop (RSVP) 6.30-9.00pm

14 March 2012
Drop-in Exhibition 4.00-7.00pm

15 March 2012
Drop-in Exhibition 11.00am-6.00pm
Workshop (RSVP) 6.30-9.00pm

Please RSVP for workshops at your earliest convenience as seating is limited. You may contact us by email at or by phone at 0800 285 1580. Exhibitions are on a drop-in basis and do not require RSVP.

Running Success

Last Sunday the ‘Kingston Trio’ successfully ran 8.2 miles to help raise funds for Kingston Centre for Independent Living.

Riccardo and Martyn finishing in around an impressive hour… Amanda in (ahem…) slightly longer!

The RunKingston event took us in a loop from Kingston Town centre to Hampton Court, then 2/3 of the way to Esher, finally returning on the home stretch to Kingston.

Thank you to all who supported us and KCIL.

There is still time to donate!

Go Team Kingston!

This Sunday, 9th October, Amanda and the Kingston project team will be taking part in RunKingston! An 8.2 mile run, we are supporting Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL).

The Kingston Trio are Riccardo from JMP, Martyn from Kingston Council and Amanda from Soundings. Look out for the green t-shirts… designed by our very own Neil from Tonkin Liu!

Thanks to all who have supported so far, please visit and donate to KCIL, a worthy cause, helping adults with learning and physical disability to lead independent lives.

Go Team Kingston!!!