Soft Cities

We recognise that each clients needs are distinctly different and we work flexibly to suit. We are available for both short and long-term commissions, in both the private and public sectors. We can work as an independent, external consultancy or in a more integrated format, embedded within your own teams. Some of the more common service areas we offer are listed below.

Development Leadership

Site finding, appraisal and feasibility analysis

Development narrative and focus 

Capacity, efficiency and viability analysis

Planning and regulatory strategies 

Public consultation and engagement

Design, Planning and Delivery management 

Sales and rental market analysis

Professional Clienting

Establishing and leading multi-disciplinary teams through all development stages 

Critical friend or development/design guardian role

Stakeholder management – developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholder groups  

Continuity management – experienced interim cover for senior roles

Board resourcing – experienced Board Chair and NED 

Design Services

Design review and analysis

Drafting/refreshing development vision documents and ERs

Advice on procuring the right design team

Design leadership and advocacy through all development stages

Acting as a development/design friend for resident/community groups

Design partnerships – bringing together collaborative design groups.


Procurement/tendering strategies/bidding

Identifying and bidding opportunities for architects/ multi-disciplinary practices/ developers

Full bid writing and design

Tendering strategy and content analysis and review

Advice on commissioning multi-disciplinary teams


Housing Policy and Strategy

Analysis of existing housing strategies

Creating new housing delivery models

Strategic housing design analysis – how to achieve design quality at scale

Housing advocacy and policy development

Community-led housing advice 


Industry Analysis

Comment, analysis and research on design, regeneration, development, housing and construction related issues

Expert panel input for bids, awards and competitions

Writing services for online and print publications

Design and Place Review Panel membership

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