The building name is finalized as Shore Junction. It was chosen to reflect the aim of the space to connect people with each other, and to everything that they need to become wholly amazing.
Godward Designspace returns with the first draft of the design concept plan, which is informally fed to the project network for review and input. Reception was largely positive.
The Project Steering Committee evaluates the bids submitted by a number of architectural firms in response to its request for proposal. Godward Designspace emerges as the preferred candidate based on a criteria defined by both price and non-price attributes. Everything became a lot more real that day!
YOUNITE and YES organise and deliver the Project Connect Christmas Party. This was a free community event targeted at local youth, complete with a barbecue and candy floss!
The co-design process kicks off with the first Project Connect workshop. The event is sponsored by YES, hosted by YOUNITE, and facilitated by creative specialists Curative. Around 40 young people attend and collectively they set the entire framework for the project. The workshop report that was produced has since been extensively used as a beacon; guiding every conversation had and every decision made.
Demolition begins on the interior of the building. This is a process owned and directed by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, done to create what is truly a blank canvas to be populated by new ideas. Derelict walls are knocked down, old furnishings destroyed, and the carpet completely pulled.
After assessing all of the applications received, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board resolves at its business meeting on Tuesday 14th June to grant a new community lease for the building to YES. The decision is unanimous, garnering the support of all six elected members. The tenure of the lease is set at 10 years, with one right of renewal for another 10 years. A big day for all involved and an even bigger win for Shore youth!
The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board publicly confirms its desire to convert the building of the former Takapuna RSA (2 Mary Poynton Crescent) into a community youth facility. It also simultaneously approves of a competitive tender process to select an appropriate organisation to lead the project.
YOUNITE delegates present a deputation in support of the project at the same meeting. They are then invited to nominate a representative to join the procurement panel to consider EOI applications and provide strategic advice to the Local Board.