David’s Daily Digital Dollop: Dollop 257 – Fancy Playing Design Consultants?

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Dollop stalwart Mavis Crumble commented on yesterday’s Dollop, saying, “Go on……send it to Ainsley. I dare you!” By “it,” she is referring to my fictional reply to the email that I was sent, which was intended for the other David Eagle, the design consultant from Stoke. Alas Mavis, I had already responded to Ainsley, alerting him to the fact that he’d emailed the wrong David Eagle, so I’m afraid I can’t pretend to be the other dAvid Eagle and email him my review.

It appears that when Ainsley asked for a review of his site layout plan, he was perhaps looking for quite a lot more technical detail than my reply would have offered. Today I received a reply from Mark, who was also copied into Ainsley’s email. I’ll tell you what Mark had to say in a moment, (I know, I’m such a tease) but first, I thought you might like to cast your critical eye over Ainsley’s site layout plan, and have a think about any possible areas for improvement. I’ll then present you with Mark’s evaluation, and you can compare your findings to his. If you have any ideas to improve this plan then feel free to send them to me and I’ll happily pass them onto Ainsley. Wouldn’t that be a lovely, benevolent thing to do? You never know, If we come up with some good suggestions then maybe Ainsley might choose to work with us on a regular basis, and ditch the services of the other David Eagle. Let’s be honest, the other David Eagle doesn’t seem to be the quickest at responding, whereas I’m sure you Dollop readers would be much more proactive.

Perhaps this could be away for you to support these Dollops financially. Rather than adopting the more traditional model of asking for donations, you could offer support by commenting on various preliminary site layout plans. Obviously this is something that I couldn’t feesibly do myself due to being blind. Then, Ainsley would financially remunerate me for the design consultancy work. A perfect plan.

So, cast your critical eyes over this, and let me know if you have any thoughts. Remember, the scale is 1:500@ A3 size0.


So, what do you think? Why not make a few notes, and then you can compare your ideas to Mark’s. This is kind of like a training exercise for you, because we can use Mark’s appraisal as an example of the kind of thing to look out for and comment on in the future. Here is what Mark had to say about Ainsley’s site layout plan. See if you spotted any of these.

“Hi Ainsley,
We will need to show a temporary footway usable by wheelchairs. The foot way should be slab surfaced and allow the residents of the bungalow to access the bungalow from the rear door of the existing laundry. It needs to come around by the plant room and around the footprint of the new activity room allowing a space for scaffold and for services to be redirected around the new extension and link to the existing path to the bungalow. Can you show this on the plan?
Alex we will need to amend the PCIP to show this requirement. We need to highlight that site access for spoil removal will cross this temporary footway so staff will need to escort the residents to and from the bungalow each morning and night and when they return to the bungalow. The temporary footway will need plating to protect the footway.

So, now you’ve read Mark’s opinions, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Send me your thoughts, and I’ll pass them onto Ainsley. This could be a great initiative to financially support these Dollops.

You might have noticed that Mark mentioned an Alex. This is the same Alex who emailed me about the completion of faze one of the villa, which I wrote about in Dollop 253 – just in case you were wondering.

Apologies if you’re listening to the audio version of this Dollop. I suppose this probably hasn’t been all that entertaining for you. If one of the readers would like to provide some audio description of the site layout plan drawing, then I will happily include this in the audio version.

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3 thoughts on “David’s Daily Digital Dollop: Dollop 257 – Fancy Playing Design Consultants?

  1. This is all well and good, and I’m pleased to see the consideration of a ramp and improved bungalow accessibility, of which dAvid Eagle should agree with, but when will your Folk East DJ set be available? 🙂

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