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02 March 2015

Tidal Lagoon announce five new projects

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Following a campaign to build the world's first power-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea, Tidal Lagoon Power has announced plans for a series of tidal lagoons across the UK.

Alongside the current Swansea Bay proposal, there are five additional tidal lagoons planned – located in Cardiff, Newport, Colwyn Bay, Bridgwater and West Cumbria. It is hoped that these lagoons will generate 8% of the UK's electricity for an investment of £12bn.

The plans demonstrate that a tidal lagoon will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, with the weight of the water powering the turbines. Due to the regular and predictable motion of the tides, it is a favourable form of renewable energy production. When completed and functional, it is estimated that the turbines will be active for an average of 14 hours a day.

It is expected that the sea wall of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon will stretch more than five miles, with a reach of more than two miles out to sea. The lagoon will then be used for sport and leisure purposes, with the hope of keeping any potential disturbance to fisherman to a minimum.

Tidal Lagoon Power is currently in discussions with the government regarding costs for the power generated. For the Swansea scheme – a £1bn project expected to produce energy for 155,000 homes – the firm is negotiating for £168 per MWh for electricity, with the cost reducing to £90-£95 MWh for the supposed second project, a more efficient lagoon in Cardiff.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told BBC News: "I can't make a decision on this yet because discussions are ongoing. But I'm very excited by the prospect of tidal power.

"We have got some of the biggest tidal ranges in the world and it would be really useful if we could harness some of that clean energy."

For the online public and stakeholder data capturing, Tidal Lagoon Power have used Consense and the Open Debate system. Open Debate is our award-winning consultation tool that helps our clients engage with a wide range of people and demonstrate an open and inclusive approach through accessible, interactive and fully auditable consultations.

Read the BBC article on the Tidal Lagoon announcement

2014

20 November 2014

We are recruiting!

Mid-weight designer

Consense and its parent company Integrated Ideas are looking for an experienced mid-weight designer to join our team. The designer’s primary day-to-day role will be to work closely with the developers and account managers on responsive website design, presentation design and artwork for a small amount of offline print.

Key Responsibilities/Tasks:

The main duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Work on the implementation of creative briefs with the other team members.
  • Sometimes be required to communicate with clients directly to discuss their creative needs.
  • Interpreting the client’s business needs and developing a concept to suit their purpose.
  • Be involved in estimating the time required to complete the work and providing timescales to the project managers
  • We are all about ideas, so take part in ideas brainstorming for our own and client projects.
  • Deliver work that is on brand and messages communicated in accordance with the creative strategy, brand tone, the target audience, media used and the overall campaign strategy.
  • Liaise with printers and other external suppliers.
  • Presenting finalised ideas and concepts to clients or account managers.
  • Proofreading to produce accurate and high-quality work.
  • Working on layouts and art-working pages ready for print.
  • Keeping abreast of emerging technologies in new media, particularly design programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects.
  • Developing interactive design.

Skills/Competencies Required:

  • An excellent understanding of concept development.
  • A great ability to turn creative strategy and concepts into strong ideas.
  • Understand web design and the implications a design can have on the user journey as well as the functionality possible.
  • A good understanding of user experience and how it influences design
  • Experience working on integrated campaigns with a great understanding of how individual elements work together for a successful campaign.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with offline print and responsive web design
  • Excellent knowledge of the Adobe Suite: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, (Mac based).
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent creative flair
  • Ability to express ideas in written and verbal form with clarity.
  • Ability to work closely with other team members
  • As an agency, we require someone who is flexible in their approach and understand the need for the occasional time critical projects.

Additionally it would be of benefit if the candidate has experience and knowledge in:

  • Filming
  • Photography
  • After Effects software

Please send CV’s to Julia Grant: julia.grant@integratedideas.co.uk

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

10 February 2014

Consense launch online consultation for Scotland Corner Wind Farm

Consense has this month launched its seventh online consultation site for renewable energy developer Coriolis.

The online consultation for the proposed development of Scotland Corner Wind Farm, a seven turbine project capable of generating up to 30,000MWh of clean electricity every year, aims to encourage early engagement in the planning process.

The website allows users to learn more about the proposed plans, register for project updates and provide feedback via an online comment form.

Coriolis can log into their Open Debate system to manage all their live online consultations. They can utilise the easy-to-use admin tool to manage website content, contact registered users with news and updates, and generate reports on online activity, including community feedback.

www.scotlandcornerwindfarm.co.uk 

2013

29 November 2013

Consense is recruiting!

As the UK’s leading provider of online consultation services for major planning applications, Consense is constantly seeking to expand its service offering with the addition of talented and creative individuals.

We currently have a vacancy available for the following position:

Account Executive

The core job role is to assist the Account Management team with the day-to-day management of projects to time and budget. Working with a range of high-profile clients, the ideal candidate should have some experience within the marketing industry or have a keen interest in renewable energy and planning.

Day-to-day activities will include:

  • Assisting Account Management team with proposals and quotes for new and existing clients; formulating appropriate scope of supply according to client/project requirements
  • Assisting Account Management team with the set-up of online consultation websites, upgrading and maintaining existing online consultation etc.  – liaising with client, designers and developers as required
  • Assisting Account Management team with the management of ‘offline’ / strategic consultation, to typically include the following: Coordinating production of newsletters and other printed materials – liaising with client, designers and suppliers as required, proofing materials, booking advertising, organising distribution of materials; Compiling stakeholder databases, acquiring residential databases; Managing and attending public exhibitions – booking venues, production of materials required, logistics, feedback analysis, publicity etc.; Media relations – liaising with local media to obtain press coverage, managing media enquiries and photo calls/interviews; Managing enquiries from the public, reporting on feedback, and other project administration
  • Maintaining change processes and records 
  • Attending client project meetings and pitches where required
  • Administrative tasks

If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV and covering letter to Lois Ransome by emailing lois.ransome@consense.co.uk.

04 November 2013

Airvolution launches two new websites using custom-made Open Debate system

Onshore wind developer Airvolution has launched two new microsites using their bespoke Open Debate system.

Both online consultations, for the proposed construction of four turbines at New Rides Farm and two further turbines at Ysgellog Farm, encourage users to engage in the planning process by submitting feedback online.

Airvolution’s bespoke microsite system,  powered by Open Debate, enables their project managers to generate consultation-enabled microsites in-house, which branch off from their corporate website via an interactive Google map. By filling in a simple form, Airvolution can effectively build their own microsite using a templated system and invite users to register for updates, and submit questions and comments via a feedback form. 

Each microsite is content managed, allowing the project team to easily edit and add content. The Open Debate system also allows them to manage consultation feedback and enables the team to send responses to users’ questions or comments, establishing an effective trail of communication.

www.newrides-wind.co.uk
www.ysgellog2-wind.co.uk

28 October 2013

Consense re-appointed for sustainable Hackbridge scheme

We are delighted to announce our re-appointment by City & Provincial Properties on the development of Wandle Riverside, a sustainable mixed-use development on the Wandle Valley Trading Estate site in Hackbridge.

City & Provincial Properties have now submitted the planning application for the scheme, which includes approximately 120 new homes, enhanced public green spaces along the River Wandle, and the opportunity to maintain long-term employment.

Following a very successful pre-submission process last year, which spanned nearly 12 months, City and Provincial approached us to assist in their post-submission consultation.

We will continue to advise on best practice engagement, whilst producing various post-submission communication materials including public newsletters, stakeholder letters and email updates, all designed to encourage consultees to formally comment on the application via the Council’s portal.

We wish City & Provincial the best of luck with the application, and look forward to hearing the outcome in the coming weeks.

www.wandleriverside.co.uk

14 October 2013

Solum Regeneration receives planning consent

Congratulations to our client Solum Regeneration who have received planning approval for their plans to regenerate Redhill Station in Surrey.

The approved plans hope to modernise the town’s station which will bring significant benefits to both rail passengers and the public as a whole. The plans for the station improvements include a new ticket office, a Waitrose food store creating around 200 new jobs, a new public square at the entrance to the station, improved pedestrian links into the town centre, and 150 high-quality residential apartments.

Consense were approached by Solum Regeneration to launch an online consultation which engaged local stakeholders in plans for the redevelopment. We provided online consultation support via our award-winning Open Debate system which enabled Solum to analyse feedback and responses, and successfully manage the audit trail of communication using one central management tool.

We wish Solum Regeneration many similar successes in the future and look forward to seeing the development begin early next year.

To find out more about the Open Debate system please click here.

www.redhillforward.co.uk

26 September 2013

Community Consultation launched for Devon Solar Park

Consense has launched its latest community consultation project for established client AGRenewables.

We were tasked with devising a community engagement process which would actively engage residents and stakeholders with plans to develop a solar park on land adjacent to Moorcroft Quarry, in Devon.

Having worked with AGRenewables in the past on several small scale wind projects, we were delighted to work with them to expand the diversity of their renewable energy portfolio.

In addition to advising on best practice consultation, devising engagement strategies and stakeholder databases, we have produced various communication materials including project newsletters, stakeholder letters and a pre-submission press release, which were designed and printed by us in-house. 

We have also designed and built an online consultation website, optimised by our award-winning Open Debate system, which allows consultees to find out more about the proposal, register for updates and submit feedback.

www.aggregatesolarmoorcroft.co.uk

16 September 2013

Two online consultations launched

Consense have this week launched two websites for established clients Airvolution and AGRenewables, both to consult the public and engage their feedback on new renewable energy projects.

An online consultation was launched earlier this week for AGRenewables, for the proposed development of a solar park adjacent to Kessel Quarry, near Penryn in Cornwall. To assist in the consultation process, Consense have also produced various communication materials including project newsletters, stakeholder letters and exhibition displays, which were designed and printed by us in-house.

This week has also seen the launch of a new Airvolution microsite, for the proposed construction of four wind turbines at New Rides Farm, to the south of Eastchurch. Airvolution have used their bespoke Open Debate system to effectively generate a consultation-enabled microsite in-house. The microsite is content managed and invites users to register for updates, and submit questions and comments via a feedback form.

Both Airvolution and AGRenewables can log into their Open Debate systems to manage all of their online consultations. They can use the straight forward admin tool to contact registered users with news and updates, and generate reports on online activity and feedback, ensuring a clear audit trail of communication.

http://aggregatesolarkessel.co.uk

http://newrides-wind.co.uk

19 August 2013

Consense is recruiting!

As the UK’s leading provider of online consultation services for major planning applications, Consense is constantly seeking to expand its service offering with the addition of talented and creative individuals.

We currently have a vacancy available for the following position:

Account Executive

The core job role is to assist the Account Management team with the day-to-day management of projects to time and budget. Working with a range of high-profile clients, the ideal candidate should have at least 1 years’ experience in a similar role, with excellent communication and organisational skills.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV and covering letter to Lois Ransome by emailing lois.ransome@consense.co.uk

18 July 2013

Suffolk's top housing developer appoint Consense

Consense has been appointed by local house builder, Bennett Homes, to provide community and stakeholder consultation services for a proposed housing development north of Lakenheath, Suffolk.

Bennett Homes, based in Bury St Edmunds, has a long history of building in East Anglia and is renowned locally for producing top quality homes. We’re delighted to be working, not only with such a reputable developer, but also with one based just up the road!

In addition to advising on best practice consultation, devising engagement strategies and stakeholder databases, we have produced various communication materials for Bennett Homes including exhibition invites, stakeholder letter and exhibition displays, which were designed and printed by us in-house.

To find out more about full-service consultation management please click here.

12 July 2013

Bloor engage Cheltenham residents with interactive Touchscreens

A sixth online consultation for Bloor Homes was launched last month for the proposed development of Elms Park at North West Cheltenham. A joint venture between Bloor Homes and Persimmon Homes, Elms Park seeks to deliver essential new business spaces, jobs and housing for Cheltenham.

Consense were asked to build a consultation website which encourages early engagement in the planning process. The online consultation provides full details of the Elms Park proposal and invites local community members to register, provide feedback via a questionnaire and ask a question via an online comment form. 

Three public exhibitions were held last month which invited members of the public to ask questions of the project team, and engage with the Elms Park proposals. To assist the consultation process, we provided Bloor with an interactive touchscreen facility which allowed individuals to easily complete an online questionnaire and share valuable feedback. This feedback was stored directly into the award-winning Open Debate system, which allowed Bloor homes to easily monitor and respond to feedback; and maintain an audit trial of all communication.

More than 500 people attended the public exhibitions making our touchscreen technology a successful tool within the consultation process.

www.elmsparknwc.co.uk

20 June 2013

Mobilisation tool launched for retrofit project

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new mobilisation website for Cambridge Retrofit, designed to rally support for what is set to be the UK’s biggest energy saving scheme.

The Cambridge Retrofit project aims to install energy-saving technologies into buildings throughout Cambridge which could result in energy savings of up to £1.5bn.

The mobilisation website, designed and built by Consense, provides initial information about the project and the motivation behind the scheme. It also invites visitors to register their interest, either as a supplier, a financier or just a passionate member of the community.

As the project progresses, the website will evolve with the addition of new functionality such as user classification, document databases and event management tools.

To find out more about Cambridge Retrofit, please click here.

20 June 2013

First Flight Wind appoint Consense

Consense have this month launched an online Stakeholder Management Tool for First Flight Wind, a consortium between B9 Energy, DONG and RES.

First Flight Wind is proposing the development of a 600MW wind farm off the coast of County Down, which if approved, could produce enough power to supply up to 20% of Northern Ireland’s electricity demand.

With plans to submit in 2015, First Flight Wind has committed to a comprehensive and thorough consultation process, and as such required a system which will allow them to manage and analyse both online and offline consultation activity. Their Stakeholder Management tool, powered by a bespoke Open Debate system includes additional functionality such as the ability to reply to online correspondence from personal email accounts, as well as assign areas of interest to all consultation feedback.

As the project progresses we will add further functionality to the First Flight system including an online questionnaire and automated weekly reports.

To find out more about Open Debate please click here.

10 June 2013

Fifth online consultation for Bloor Homes

Leading housing developer, Bloor Homes, approached us in May to design andbuild their fifth online consultation, following the successful approval of three other projects using the Open Debate system.

The online consultation for the proposed development of Wandon Park, asustainable residential scheme north east of Wigmore, encourages early engagement in the planning process.

The website invites users to sign up for email updates, provide feedback via a questionnaire and ask a question via an online comment form.

Bloor Homes can log into their Open Debate system to manage all of their online consultations. They can use the straight forward admin tool to manage website content, contact registered users with news and updates, and generate reports on online activity, including community feedback.

www.wandonpark.co.uk

16 May 2013

Crest Nicholson re-appoints Consense

We are delighted to announce our re-appointment by leading house builder Crest Nicholson, as we continue our march into the property and construction sector.

Consense last worked with the UK based developer back in 2009 when we managed the community consultation for Base in Brentwood, a development of luxury 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. This followed work on several other new build projects in the East and South East.

Our team have been arduously at work over the past few months to manage full-service consultation for two of Crest’s new schemes in the East of England; Smith’s Farm at Great Dunmow and an extension of Kings Warren at Red Lodge.

In addition to advising on best practice consultation, devising engagement strategies and stakeholder databases, we have produced various communication materials including exhibition invites, stakeholder letter and exhibition displays which were designed and printed by us in-house. To find out more about full-service consultation management please click here.

13 May 2013

Consense launches first online consultation website for Inazin

This month has seen the launch of our first online consultation for new client Inazin and their plans for a 27 turbine wind farm at Balliemeanoch, south east of Portsonachan, Argyll.

The proposed plans, if approved, could bring many benefits to the local community, including potential energy discounts for those living within 15km of the development. In addition, the proposed plans will help to contribute to Scotland’s renewable energy targets, with the turbines capable of generating around 194GWh of clean electricity each year.

The online consultation provides full details of the proposed wind farm and invites local community members to register for updates. The website will continue to evolve over the coming months with the addition of new info pages and a questionnaire, which will allow users to provide feedback on the scheme.

In addition to creating a consultation website for Balliemeanoch, we have also produced various communication materials such as community leaflets and exhibition displays which were designed and printed by us in-house. These consultation materials will be used for a public exhibition being held this week, to inform the local community about the proposal and obtain feedback.

www.balliemeanochwindfarm.co.uk

09 April 2013

Consense is recruiting!

As the UK’s leading provider of online consultation services for major planning applications, Consense is constantly seeking to expand its service offering with the addition of talented and creative individuals.

We currently have vacancies available for the following positions:

Account Executive

The core job role is to assist the Account Management team with the day-to-day management of projects to time and budget. Working with a range of high-profile clients, the ideal candidate should have at least 1 years’ experience in a similar role, with excellent communication and organisational skills.

Designer

We require an experienced Designer to join our creative team. The Designer’s primary day-to-day role will be to work closely with the developers and Account/ Project Managers on web site design, presentation design and implementation. There is also the possibility of print design if you are able.

If you are interested in applying for either position please send a CV and covering letter to Emma Kemp at emma.kemp@consense.co.uk.

07 March 2013

Planning success for Consense

Consense are celebrating a successful start to 2013, with the approval of planning applications in both the energy and property sectors.

The largest of the applications, for Kilgallioch Wind Farm, was approved by the Scottish Government in February, and is set to be Scottish Power Renewables’ second largest onshore wind project with an operational capacity of up to 288MW, enough to power more than 170,000 homes.

Also approved this year is the planned regeneration of land surrounding Haywards Heath Station in Surrey (Solum Regeneration) which will bring a new food store and transport connections to the town.

Both approved projects utilised online consultation as part of wider community engagement activities and chose the award-winning Open Debate system to help them manage feedback and analyse responses.

To find out more about Open Debate please click here.

11 February 2013

Construction completed at HMP Standford Hill

We are delighted to announce that our client Partnerships for Renewables has completed construction of its first wind energy development at HMP Standford Hill ahead of extensive testing later this month.

The joint venture between PfR and the Ministry of Justice comprises of two turbines capable of producing up to 10GWh of clean electricity each year, enough to power approximately 2,300 average households.

In addition to providing online consultation support via a bespoke system that enables PfR’s communications teams to create their own project websites in-house, we have produced various printed materials to support the engagement process for the Standford Hill project, such as newsletters and exhibition boards.

We wish PfR many similar successes in the future and look forward to seeing the turbines up and running later this year!

To find out more about our work with PfR, please click here.

www.pfr.co.uk/standfordhill

04 February 2013

International wind farm website launched for Mainstream

Consense has this week launched a fourth international website for Mainstream, following the success of previous online projects in the USA, Canada and South Africa.

The website provides users with information about the planned construction of Parque Eólico Cuel, or Cuel Wind Park, in Chile, which will comprise of 22 turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 33MW, enough to provide up to 60,000 homes with clean, renewable power.

The website, powered by Open Debate, has a full content management tool and includes special features such as an image gallery which feeds through directly from Mainstream’s Flickr account.

Website visitors can keep up to date with the build of the wind farm via the News page which Mainstream can maintain in-house via the Open Debate admin area.

www.parqueeolicocuel.cl