We are delighted to be part of Prior and Partner’s energetic and creative team and together to have won the £8bn Thamesmead Waterfront international competition. Our long tradition of working together on trailblazing projects – at Kings Cross, the Olympic and post-Olympic masterplans and in North Essex, had those garden communities gone ahead, continues with […]
Public Art Forum: Public Space and Culture After the Virus
13 July 2020
A conversation between architects, urbanists and cultural place makers Held on 2 July 2020 on Zoom, a panel of distinguished speakers, including Fluid/Soundings founding director Christina Norton, considered the future of the urban realm and the role of culture in supporting new behaviours and ways of considering social space. You can see Christina’s interview above […]
Keeping Consultation Inclusive
17 May 2020
A message from Fluid Co-Founder, Christina Norton on behalf of sister company, Soundings There is no doubt that Covid has brought the issue of community strength and cohesion to the forefront of public debate. It has viscerally revealed the importance of neighbourhoods from all perspectives. In the experience of Soundings, most people want to be […]
20 years of life-changing projects. The next 20…
06 May 2020
We have had the privilege of leading consultation, engagement and urban strategies across a wide range of built environment projects, and our feeling is stronger than ever that human interaction, relationships, culture and belonging are at the heart of thriving communities.
Let’s keep the conversations flowing
09 April 2020
For more than 15 years Soundings + Fluid have been at the forefront of best-practice participatory engagement across London and the UK. Despite these uncertain and challenging times, our guiding values remain steadfast in ensuring that we can continue to champion engagement practices that are innovative, inclusive and robust.
Good Growth Fund supports Westway Community Street
12 March 2020
The Mayor and London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) have pledged £1,346,000 to support the Westway Trust’s ‘Community Street’.
Golders Green Town Centre Strategy – Adopted
28 January 2020
Last night at Barnet Council’s Housing & Growth Committee Fluid’s Golders Green Town Centre Strategy was adopted. The Growth Strategy which was also approved includes commitments to deliver against this strategy.
Culture Mile Look & Feel Strategy was a finalist at the Landscape Institute Awards – 2019
29 November 2019
Christina attended the Landscape Institute’s Annual Awards at Troxy Theatre, as guest of Arup. Our Culture Mile Look & Feel Strategy for the City of London was a finalist in the Local Landscape Planning category. Congratulations to Arup for winning two awards and to WYG group for winning for their Masterplan for Sustaining Caerphilly’s Landscape.
24 October 2019
Directors recently took part in a number of forward planning away day sessions over a long week-end hosted at Steve and Christina’s place on the island of Evia in Greece. Many great ideas emerged for adding to our core offer, and we will be exploring and building further on these in the months ahead. So […]
Homes for Londoners
14 October 2019
A good day in the midst of the massive Royal Docks where we are scripting the cultural place-making strategy. Steve joined a panel discussion on innovation and skills in the morning chaired by Jules Pipe and contributed to a roundtable discussion on community engagement. A lot of ground was covered. Steve’s notes Context – UK […]
Golders Green Town Centre Strategy Consultation
28 August 2019
Barnet Council appointed Fluid to develop a Town Centre Strategy for Golders Green. The purpose of the strategy is to provide a practical handbook for the council, community and partners to develop a strategic and comprehensive plan to guide improvements for Golders Green Town Centre. In developing the strategy, we have undertaken a range of […]
Bishopsgate Goodsyard submitted for planning
30 July 2019
Soundings director Steve McAdam said he is pleased to have played a critical role in ensuring that the revised scheme is a better match for local desires and expectations through focused consultation and engagement, and through direct conversations with the mayor and cabinet of the two boroughs involved, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. This has been […]
Centre for London talk
18 July 2019
Centre for London talk Steve spent the morning yesterday at the Centre for London seminar of ‘Developing trust: public participation in London’s planning system’ where he provided a short presentation on measures needed to supplement and reset standard ‘consultation’ processes. He argued that ‘consultation’ like ‘regeneration’ and ‘affordable’ had lost their meaning and were becoming […]
Part I & Part II Vacancies
01 February 2019
PART I & PART II VACANCIES Summer placements (June 2019 start) Fluid is a London based architectural and urban design practice specialising in participatory processes and place-making. We are looking for talented and highly motivated Part I and Part II architectural assistants with experience of working in an architectural practice. The successful candidate will have […]
Westway Co-Design Urban Strategy
15 January 2019
We are excited to announce that we have been appointed by the Westway Trust to work with the Westway communities to agree a vision for the future. We are committed to a collaborative process to explore issues and ideas to deliver improvements in the short, medium and long term. There are no pre-fixed ideas or outcomes.