What we have been up to...

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!


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 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


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


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


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.


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…


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


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


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

An update on Industri[us]

Industri[us] is an initiative set up in early 2011 by Soundings’ sister company – Fluid. Centered around ‘upcycling’ and regeneration, it seeks to put vacant sites to creative interim use in advance of commercial development taking place. It was a winning entry in the Meanwhile London competition run by Property Week in partnership with the Mayors of London and Newham.

Developed in collaboration with local organisations and delivery partners, the project delivered in Canning Town provided work experience and paid training opportunities for young people and long-term unemployed. It also supported a number of existing upcycling businesses and start-ups, making and selling products from furniture and art to jewellery and fashion.

The summer of 2012 saw the Industri[us] Festival of Upcycling at Canning Town. With live bands and artists performing; designers and makers showcasing their wares; and a street food market delivered by Urban Feasts.

The project was created entirely from borrowed, used or reusable materials – from pavers from the nearby Olympics roadworks to plants, materials and whole gardens from the Chelsea Flower Show. Two temporary public squares were created, along with the street-market and a striking scaffolded pavilion to house the upcycling market and events.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their help and support in getting this project off the ground.

For more information on Industri[us] visit the website: http://www.industri-us.org


Soundings Activity: November & December

November and December have been busy months for Soundings, engaging with local communities and stakeholders on projects across London and further afield.


The first exhibition and the second series of workshops for local residents and businesses took place in mid November. Our thanks to all those who took part and we look forward to engaging with residents and businesses for the final combined workshop on November 28.

Soundings will be collating all the responses for Grosvenor to inform the masterplan vision.

Follow the project here: www.makingecclestonplace.com


Soundings has been busy meeting local people and stakeholders on the street and in meetings. Early December sees the Emerging Masterplan events, running from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th December.

Follow the project here: www.shapingwoodwharf.com


Soundings has been compiling the Statement of Community Involvement that will be submitted alongside Pinewood Studio’s outline planning application before the end of the year.

This will document the entire consultation process undertaken since June 2012 and will record the comments and views of the community and local stakeholders.

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

Follow the project here: www.pinewoodgroup.com/pinewoodexpansion


The Final Architecture feedback sessions and exhibitions took place in mid-November, and were well attended. Conversations focused on public realm and the cultural strategy for the redevelopment, now that the plans are fixed. Shell Centre Dialogue would like to thank all participants: we will keep people up-to-date regarding the planning application on our project website.

Follow the project here: www.shellcentredialogue.com


A special meeting on the planning application was held on 21st November at St Paul’s Church Brentford.

Along with Ballymore and the design team, Council officers and local members of the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum were present to discuss views.

Follow the project here: www.mybrentford.com


St Marys Residential and the Elephant & Castle Leisure Centre have both secured planning approval.

Follow the projects here: www.elephantandcastle.org.uk


London Dock has just completed its Stage 2 Consultation public exhibitions and design workshops, and is now carrying out outreach events with local community groups and schools.

Follow the project here: www.londondockconsultation.co.uk