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Canada Water Masterplan
Area regeneration & Masterplanning

Date
2014-ongoing

Location
London Borough of Southwark

Client
British Land

Category
Area regeneration Masterplanning

Soundings was appointed by British Land in 2014 to lead consultation, co-production, capacity building and cultural events to help shape and inform the Canada Water Masterplan. Soundings was appointed before Roger Madelin was brought on board by British Land, but his arrival catalysed a range of local interactions and involved a wider masterplan review of the existing proposals.

The consultation process was led with a clear focus on developing an alternative neighborhood to Canary Wharf, just one stop away on the Jubilee Line. Acting as the key conduit between British Land and the local community, Soundings hosted and facilitated a range of exhibitions, topic discussions, youth engagement sessions, co-production workshops, Community Liaison Group meetings and public communications on the Masterplan.

Following four years of consultation between 2014 and 2018, the submitted Canada Water Masterplan will create a new town centre for Canada Water with a range of offices and workspace, new retail, restaurants and homes alongside culture, leisure, and potential higher education uses set in a network of streets and open spaces including a new park.

A planning application for the Masterplan was submitted to the London Borough of Southwark in May 2018. Soundings have continued to work with British Land and engage and consult with the local community throughout the determination stage on a broad range of issues including investigative and enabling works, run a number of neighbour drop-in sessions and worked with local schools.

Following discussions with Southwark Council and to take on board feedback received from local residents, community groups and other interested parties during the statutory consultation period, the application was revised in October 2018, and further minor changes were submitted in March 2019 following further detailed design work by the project team.