I think it is very positive that drawings have been done and that discussions have been had.
I was greatly relieved to see a new drawing put up at the space and this put my mind at rest.
That is where we keep the metalwork where it is and do not split up the area I have been working on.
Changing the designation of the “classroom” to new greenroom is more or less exactly where I thought made sense. Moving the green room away from snackspace as a lounge and having a quiet room did not seem ideal.
Here is my logic.
As literally billions of pounds are spent on classrooms and a miniscule amount is spent on self organised learning environments (SOLE) I would prefer that we model the space on SOLE.
However recognising that we could run short courses to attract people into the space as they have been so heavily indoctrinated into a classroom model, I would suggest that the current snackspace area could be used for collaborative endeavours and assisted learning for part of the time, as well as larger members projects, and with the construction of two walls and a double glazed door panel (which I have spare) would mean that this back area could be more easily heated for static work, (that is computer use and electronics work) where people sit down.
I was saddened to see a suggestion that we reduce the metalwork area, why not reduce the woodwork area? Someone suggested that it was not fully used. Well nor is the woodwork area. If we had the three phase and the ventilation then we would have seen more happening in the metalwork area. I would like to see a 3d metal printer and casting, which children do in the Fablab in Warrington in the corner of a classroom. If we move it then we have little room for expansion.
What is it about ventilation that people find scary? I would be happy to help design and implement a suitable ventilation system, admittedly I would have to do some research as it is over forty years since I worked at Potteries ventilating and heating in the workshops and at customer sites and in the drawing office, but it was always about moving air and sometimes about filtration.
A large members storage area is also not something I would support, some members storage in the woodwork and metalwork area for work in progress makes sense. Supplement this with expanded storage in the current green room provides plenty of storage space.
In conclusion I strongly support the move greenroom to classroom position, with the addition of walls and glass partitions for the current snackspace and metalwork areas.