Fifth Capital are making great play of their appointment of London and Cambridge consultancy Future City to prepare a cultural, arts and community strategy for the site. Future City describe themselves as providers of “a platform for predominantly private sector involvement in culture-driven development of our urban centres”. They don’t seem to have any track record in Bristol but elsewhere they have worked for the likes of Barretts, Wimpey, Crossrail and British Land.
Future City probably do some great stuff (amazing sculpture at Heathrow Terminal 2) and certainly their founder Mark Davy seems well respected in the world of art, but just as plunk art was once derided as a poor substitute for integrating public art into developments, shouldn’t plunk consultancies be considered in the same way? And why bring them in at such a late stage when so many key decisions about the site design and planning application have already been made?
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