Soundings activity: June – August 2012

A quick update from us here at Soundings. We have been very busy, with new projects beginning, team mates leaving (Savitri off to Los Angeles!) and new recruits joining. A summary of our projects follows below.


Final Masterplan  – Shell Centre Redevelopment

Qatari Diar and Canary Wharf Group are the Joint Venture developer group for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre site, which sits between Waterloo Station and the South Bank, just near to the London Eye. For the past eight months Soundings has been engaging with local residents, businesses, community groups and representatives as Squire and Partners’ masterplan for the site has been developing. Our most recent event was the Shell Centre Dialogue – Final Masterplan exhibition and workshops (24th and 25th July). See more on the project website:


Development Framework for Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Studios is starting a process of consultation with local people and commercial stakeholders on how Pinewood Studios can improve its facilities and services to meet the changing demands of the global screen based industries. Soundings has been appointed by Pinewood to act as an impartial member of the team, with a remit to ensuring that the thoughts of the community and stakeholders are considered in an open way to support a genuine process of dialogue between all those involved. A series of pop-up events and walk and talks took place in June of this year, culminating in a workshop on 18th July. Further public workshops are intended for early / mid September. More information on the project can be found here.


Brentford High Street Masterplan

We have been working with Ballymore Group on the public consultation and engagement for the redevelopment of the South side of Brentford High Street. The architect team is made up of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Maccreanor Lavington, Glenn Howells and Grant Associates (Landscape Architects). The Statement of Community Involvement is currently being completed following our last public exhibition in April of this year.

The MyBrentford vision starts with what is special about the area: that is its history, the waterside and cultural values. Opening up the waterside to the High Street and community, making a place based on a mix of retail, leisure and cultural uses ranging from the large to small scale, established and independent, will create a viable and unique destination. It is also about retaining historic aspects from buildings of heritage and local interest to the reinstating of the ‘Yards’ – the lanes that historically linked the High Street to the waterside and incorporating industry. By combining the new with the old and with design invention in response to environmental constraints a sustainable future can be envisaged. Find out more here.



Lend Lease have engaged Soundings to support Lend Lease in its public consultation.

Soundings are following a three stage process to help structure dialogue and engagement with the community in connection with the generation of a masterplan for the 9.3 hectares (23 acre) Heygate Estate and a detailed design for Phase 1, Rodney Road. Soundings are also working with Lend Lease and Southwark Council to undertake consultation for proposals for a mixed use residential led development, and new Leisure Centre on the site of the Fusion Leisure Centre. Find out more about these projects at:


UNDerstanding Fitzrovia

We are carrying out a research exercise into the part of Fitzrovia which lies in the London Borough of Camden. It has been commissioned by Derwent London who are a long-term investor in central London property, specifically in Fitzrovia, where a large proportion  of their portfolio is located. The aim of ‘Understanding Fitzrovia’ is to identify who makes up the local community and the important role local groups, organisations, businesses and individuals have to play in the vibrancy of this area. We wish to understand what the local community most values and what its needs and future aspirations are. Find out more here.




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