Meeting at No 92, Wednesday 21st November 2007, 4pm
Present: Matthew Sampson, Mark Barratt, Lisa Procter, Helen Cook, Chris Gray, Sarah Green, Paul McKay
We began by talking Mark and Matthew through the ‘Book of No 92’ – identifying consultation documentation, our reception proposals and flexible furniture concepts, the atmosphere section of the document and the manuals.
The Client was made aware of the fact that had we known of the imminent ‘shake up’ in restructuring the departments of No 92, then our conclusions would have been different. We elaborated on the fact that moving departments around would raise issues of security and circulation in the context of our reception proposals. The Client informed us that Connexions were not being moved out of the building, just to a different area within the building, and Business Support would then occupy their space. The Client understood, however,that the flow of visitors passing through Business Support (if situated in the former Connexions space) would not be appropriate (as in the Council’s proposal). On the realisation of this, the Client then turned their attention to our proposal set on the left hand side of the building as a potential option, citing this for consideration as an alternative reception. We pointed out that the fact that this proposal provided viewing windows into the space could help to avert potentially problematic situations between young people, as any visitors would be able to ascertain who was in the drop-in space and then decide whether they wanted to remain in or leave the building.
The Client asked us whether any of the young people had mentioned what kind of activities they would like at No 92. We informed them that the evening drop-in sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays had been popular with the young people, as they had been able to learn new skills and build relationships. The Client told us that this feedback was very useful to them and that it would help them to move forward in terms of providing more of the services at No 92 that the young people wanted most.
The Client was particularly pleased with our Manuals, as they provided potential for future participatory activities that could be undertaken by a selected group of young people with the guidance of necessary consultants. Constructing the designs would also promote a sense of ownership amongst the young people which has always been a favourable outcome. The Client felt that the Library Pod could be useful as a multipurpose installation, and suggested that it could even be used as a concealed space by the ante natal group, for example. The screens and flexible furniture were also seen to have similar benefits.
In the same way, guidance from the atmosphere manual could be followed in order to redecorate the space or add murals, graphics and so on.
To sum up, the Client felt that some of our proposals had a lot of potential as benefiting No 92, that they were ‘thought provoking’ and that they ‘could see them happening’ at some point. These comments were positive and as a group gave us hope that our work could be put to good use in the not-too-distant future.