Primary Care Centre

Malmesbury Primary Care Centre © David Forward 2007

Malmesbury Primary Care Centre © David Forward 2007

In the age of 3D computer aided design where one can view an object from any angle and zoom in to see the tiniest detail of any component during the design stage it is now possible to arrange your design in such a way as to eliminate any waste of space whilst being able to make a building also look good to the eye, inside and out.

You can now have your subject ergonomically arranged so as to be of the greatest ease of use to its occupants and visitors alike. Lessons of poor design in other similar use buildings old and new can be used to eliminate the repeat of any previous disasters in building design and to facilitate the best use of the entire plot of land available.

When you design any man made object what so ever it is wise and obvious you should consult and have as much input from the intended users as possible as well as from any experts in that particular object and its use along with specialists in the materials used to construct it. These two extremes should also consult each other so as to eliminate any possible unforeseen bad design.

When designing a building for public use it is important that at the level of non-expert user such as a person sat in an office or waiting area, to the other extreme of expert, say the structural engineer who must see the building does not fall down during its intended life span, be consulted if the final users are to be satisfied in their occupancy whether it be for a period of minutes or years.

Imagine just how many details and how much information a team of computer aided designers must process while they convert all the individual sources of requirements of such a building and all its assets and accessories into its final plans.

Now imagine these designers learning their trade at college and university and on the job using specialist software sat at their multiple screens, being taught using previous examples as templates, so as to get the idea of how the software functions and it capabilities before they can start their own projects from the ground up, where the software is of second nature whilst all other inputs may include ideas new and unique to the project.

Imagine these sample template files in the training software used during their apprenticeship study consisting of bad examples and what not to do and how to avoid disaster. Now imagine a tutor showing the students what would happen if you designed a building using all these sample templates to demonstrate what can go wrong and why.

When I look at Malmesbury Primary Care Centre, that is what I see, an amalgamation of design disasters. May be it had a single computer designer who was in such an alcoholic state during the whole process that when it came near to the dead line to send out the drawings, he could no longer stay upright on his chair so his very well meaning nine year old son finished the project for him. Well it does match the rest of Malmesbury and so I suppose it fits in well with its surroundings.

“Malmesbury Primary Care Centre”, just wait until you experience our intensive care! Malmesbury Town Council, well that’s another story altogether.

4 August, 2017
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