I have finally had the chance to do some of the fun creative stuff that I enjoy this last couple of weeks!
We had an amicable discussion about an appropriate shelf / table for the entrance hall which actually resulted in Project Manager agreeing that he liked my idea and even being keen enough to build it for me.
I cut a template out of newspaper and then transferred it to a piece of MDF for cutting. Once project manager had cut it and screwed it, I was able to get on with decorating.
I set to with my PVA glue over a couple of evenings to cover the wood with paper.