Archive for May, 2007

CNBC Europe goes ultra-modern with Custom Consoles

Monday, May 28th, 2007

CNBC Europe, the leading pan-European business and financial television channel, has chosen Custom Consoles to produce ultra-modern furniture for the reception suite at its headquarters in the City of London. Departing from traditional wood, CNBC selected cameo-white DuPont Corian for the receptionist’s desk and a matching table.

“Our aim was to create an environment that reflected the modern-media business we are in,” comments John Turner, Director of Operations at CNBC Europe. “Custom Consoles has worked very well with us on previous contracts and fully understood the advantages of this new material. A blend of natural minerals and acrylic polymer, Corian enabled us to commission furniture that contrasts elegantly with the reception suite’s carpet which is in our corporate blue. The glue bonding the Corian panels is exactly the same colour as the Corian itself so the resultant desk and table look and feel as though each has been constructed from solid white granite. Quite apart from its inherent strength, Corian is much easier to maintain than wood and can even be sanded if the surface is ever scratched.”

“The reception desk has a cable management system plus shelving to support computers and a printer. A plasma display screen is incorporated into a plinth unit at the end of desk. A semi-opaque screen gives the receptionist a reasonable degree of privacy without looking too much like a barrier. This is made from five sheets of 5 mm acrylic bonded together. An equivalent piece of glass would have been extremely expensive. Adjacent to the desk, to the left of the receptionist, is a three-door storage unit made of 18 mm MDF surfaced in 1 mm thickness hard-wearing white laminate matching the colour of the desk and table. Each door is lockable and opens for access to twin height-adjustable shelves.”

“We are very pleased to have been chosen for such a prestigious project,” adds Gary Fuller, Sales Manager at Custom Consoles. “Corian is an excellent construction material for high-grade furniture and was ideally suited to this application.”

With real-time coverage of financial markets and international business news, CNBC Europe (www.cnbc.com) provides business leaders, investors and the financial services industry across Europe with the information and analysis they need. Programming is built around key business events during the day. CNBC Europe launched in January 1998 and now is distributed to over 100 million homes across Europe. CNBC Europe is owned by NBC Universal.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of control room and office furniture. This includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles has built its name in the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture to a client base that includes major broadcasters in Britain, mainland Europe and the Far East. The high quality and ergonomic efficiency of Custom Consoles furniture are recognised by other industries such as security, air traffic control, process control, corporate training and network monitoring. Based in Bedfordshire, England, Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Ltd
+44 (0)1525 379 909

David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
+44 (0)1342 311 983

Custom Consoles wins major Museum of London contract

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

* See Custom Consoles on Stand 19.135 at IFSEC2007, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, May 21-24 *

The Museum of London has chosen Custom Consoles to design and install a three-seat control desk for its Security Operations Centre. Based on Custom Consoles’ M Desk Technical range of control room furniture, the unit is constructed as a 3.5 metre long single structure with a 1.8 metre wide supervisor’s position set at 90 degrees to the main length. The supervisor is in line-of-sight communication with an adjacent administration assistant and a security-camera controller.

“The desk forms the basis of a new suite monitoring safety and security at three networked locations: the Museum of London itself, the Museum in Docklands and the Museum’s Archaeological Archive,” comments Paul Dent, Security Operations Manager at the Museum of London. “We specified the L-shaped design and provided the approximate dimensions. Custom Consoles responded quickly and efficiently and have provided good after-sales support.”

The 720 mm high work-surface is finished in hard-wearing blue Marmoleum with curved PVC edging. The desk is supported by extruded aluminium legs combining strength with attractive styling and integral cable management. A three-drawer pedestal, computer storage bay and desktop equipment mounting pod are incorporated, all finished in maple. Custom Consoles also supplied four Ergotron adjustable monitor arms, each holding a 19 inch LCD computer display.

Designed to provide bespoke control room desking within fast delivery dates, Custom Consoles’ M Desk Technical range combines standard modules with a client-specific choice of worktop dimensions and add-on units. Three-layer cable management with access panels runs throughout the entire desk length. Built at Custom Consoles’ UK manufacturing facility, M Desk Technical desks are available within typical lead-times of 14 to 21 working days.

The Museum of London (www.museumoflondon.org.uk) was conceived to inspire a passion for London by communicating London’s history, archaeology and contemporary cultures to a wider world. It endeavours to reach all of London’s communities by playing a role in the debate about London as well as facilitating and contributing to London-wide cultural and educational networks.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles LtdĀ is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of control room and office furniture. This includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles has built its name in the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture to a client base that includes major broadcasters in Britain, mainland Europe and the Far East. The high quality and ergonomic efficiency of Custom Consoles furniture are recognised by other industries such as security, air traffic control, process control, corporate training and network monitoring. Based in Bedfordshire, England, Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Ltd

+44 (0)1525 379 909

David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants

+44 (0)1342 311 983

Custom Consoles introduces M Desk Technical

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Making its exhibition debut at IFSEC2007 this month, Custom Consoles’ M Desk Technical is a structured system allowing bespoke security furniture to be configured from a range of standard modules combined with user-specified worksurface dimensions.

“M Desk Technical combines the versatility of bespoke furniture with the cost-efficiency and fast delivery our customers often need to meet their own working schedules,” explains Gary Fuller, sales manager of Custom Consoles. “Ideally suited to PC-based security and process control rooms, M Desk Technical can be configured to be both site and client specific.”

The M Desk Technical range of modules includes 13U high 19 inch equipment pedestals and free-standing 19 inch desktop pods. Features include a 900 mm deep work surface, heavy cable management and flat screen mounting. Removable access panels can be located at the front or rear. Three-layer horizontal cable management can be routed along the entire width of the desk with access via an intermediate leg or pedestal. Alternatively three-compartment trunking can be fitted.

M Desk Technical is available in maple veneer or textured grey-sprayed finish with a choice of Marmoleum work surface colours. Legs are Custom Consoles’ proven M Desk aluminium extrusions with integral cable ducting.

Designed around BS EN ISO9241-5 ergonomic requirements, Manufactured in Britain, M Desk Technical is available within typical lead times of 14 to 21 working days from design-approval.

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of control room and office furniture. This includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles has built its name in the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture to a client base that includes major broadcasters in Britain, mainland Europe and the Far East. The high quality and ergonomic efficiency of Custom Consoles furniture are recognised by other industries such as security, air traffic control, process control, corporate training and network monitoring. Based in Bedfordshire, England, Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles
t: +44 (0)1525 379 909

David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
t: +44 (0)1342 311 983