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August 2019 - Mixed-use developer First Base has concluded the first phase of public consultation on its landmark Soapworks site in Bristol using Give-My-View, an innovative new tool for community engagement which it developed in partnership with Built-ID.
First Base is working with Bristol City Council to create a new £175 million district at the Soapworks site, comprising a mix of modern workspace, new homes, an apart-hotel, cafes and restaurants.
Give-My-View has enabled a significant level of engagement during the first phase of consultation for the Soapworks proposals, with 10,000 visitors to the website along with 4,000 individual users who answered over 21,000 poll questions, resulting in 83% of online respondents being supportive of the proposals.
The platform digitalises public consultation, allowing local residents to view proposed developments through their smartphone screen and provide their feedback on key aspects including design, amenities and public space. First Base worked with Built-ID to develop the new platform in order to make public consultation more inclusive and ensure that those who cannot attend public meetings still have the opportunity to respond to development proposals.
Give-My-View synchronises with Twitter and Facebook, and incorporates a rewards system delivered in partnership with local businesses.
Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, said: “Effective community engagement is integral to successful development.
“We’ve been working with Built-ID to raise the quality of community consultation and stakeholder engagement to the next level. The results from the first round of consultation at Soapworks has been really encouraging, the levels of engagement are significant and will really help the project team to understand the views of the community and help to shape the development proposals going forward.
“This visual and immersive platform reduces the barriers to community engagement, makes the process more inclusive and will help ensure our scheme is shaped by broad and diverse feedback.”
Matthew Richards, Chief Engagement Officer at Built-ID, said:
“Bristolians have a unique knowledge of their city, and they will offer the best insight into how new developments can protect Bristol’s heritage and secure its future.
We have had significant levels of engagement from local people via our digital consultation tool, demonstrating the appetite the community has to be involved in the development process and their commitment to the future of the city.
At this juncture in the planning programme, it will be important to analyse the local community’s principal concerns and issues, plus their priorities for future development and investment.
Prior to launching the next round of consultation in the autumn, we will confirm a series of “influenced decisions” that will let the local community see that their input is having a demonstrable impact on the emerging scheme proposals.”
Following the conclusion of the first phase of consultation First Base and the wider project team will now review the feedback received and will refine the proposals prior to holding a second stage consultation in the Autumn.
Soapworks will be First Base’s first project in the South West. The company is currently advancing a number of urban regeneration schemes in UK town centres including a 50:50 Joint Venture with London Borough of Havering to deliver up to 1,000 homes, workspace and community uses in Romford, and the development of Edward Street Quarter in Brighton which will provide 170,000 sq ft of creative workspace and new homes.
First Base is a privately-owned mixed-use developer specialising in placemaking and urban regeneration. First Base collaborates with leading architects such as Fletcher Priest, AFK, Make, BuckleyGrayYeoman & AHMM to create a mix of workspace, modern retail, hotels, homes and cultural uses to revitalise high streets and town centres across the UK. W
orking in partnership with the public sector the company shapes its developments around the needs of the local community, embedding technology to create places that are future-enabled. First Base and its Directors have helped shape some of London’s most complex regeneration projects at Stratford, Earl’s Court, Greenwich, Elephant and Castle and most recently Silvertown, where the company achieved the UK’s largest ever planning consent.
ts current development pipeline includes a Joint Venture with London Borough of Havering to deliver 1,000 homes, workspace and cultural uses in Romford town centre, and Edward Street Quarter which comprises 170,000 sq ft of creative workspace and 168 homes in the heart of Brighton.
The company is also partnering with Topland deliver an extensive refurbishment of the iconic Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel on Brighton seafront, including the delivery of new homes.