London Borough of Camden
Soundings was commissioned in September 2002 to advise on and implement a full programme for consultation on Argent St George’s evolving Framework plan for King’s Cross Central.
Soundings carried out a number of stakeholder and community consultation events, such as workshops and exhibitions. A wider area survey was conducted through mind maps, big ideas maps and future mind maps created with the community. This helped us identify ‘hot spots’, ‘no-go areas’ and spaces people regarded as valuable for the community.
In addition, we curated an engagement programme working with youth groups, youth agencies and schools. The interactive ‘vox pop’ multi media films proved to be especially successful with this age group. This project won a CABE award for innovation in consultation (2003).
Following innovative consultation and engagement, a 3-volume Statement of Community Involvement was submitted in May 2004, widely considered a benchmark for public consultation, in support of the Outline Planning Application,
A further project was commissioned to develop an open space and leisure strategy with consultants General Public Agency. A network of public spaces had been set out by the masterplanning team. Through research into planning and play policies relevant to Kings Cross Central, it had become evident that each of these spaces may be used for a multitude of purposes.
The open space & leisure strategy added another layer of information to the framework by clearly identifying and co-ordinating the functions of each space. This helped to transform the framework of streets and squares into an exciting and in some cases unconventional destination of international significance. The strategy informed the brief for each space as it was brought forward for more detailed design and effectively integrated King’s Cross Central with the wider area.