Thinking Space Systems has over 20 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing innovative and stylish control room furniture for security, air traffic, transport, broadcast, plant and process and emergency services. As an engineering company, we have the in-house skills to create furniture designs to suit the most challenging requirements.
But where did it all start?
Engineer Wayne Palmer forms Thinking Space Systems and develops the TSS aluminium build system to create control room consoles from his parent’s dining room
Based in “The Barns” at Fishers Pond (Eastleigh), Wayne meets business partner and Director Paul Atkins and employees grew to nine, not including a far from friendly bull in the next field!
The First Move
The first factory premises, Unit 2 The Quadrangle, Romsey in Hampshire
Office Refurbs, New Staff and a New Vehicles
An upgrade to offices to accommodate 33 employees, a new van and new hybrid company cars arrive
Hear what our customers think…
Thinking Space Systems Ltd provided significant support pre-tender to enable our design to be accurately costed which was critical to our client’s budget planning. They not only provided technical drawings but assisted with alternative layouts and design options.
Thinking Space delivered on time and to a very high standard of finish. The final project was assessed by the control room staff as excellent in every detail. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Thinking Space Systems Ltd as a supplier of control room furniture.
The IAA chose Thinking Space for the design and installation of its controller consoles for our new Air Traffic Control Tower at Dublin Airport because of the world-wide reputation and significant experience of Thinking Space in the field.
We required infrastructure which is not only state-of-the art but also able to provide our controllers with the best possible facilities to support their traffic management at this busy international airport, in particular as a new parallel runway was being constructed to service the growing demand for air traffic. The requirement for controllers to see all of the manoeuvring areas of the parallel runway as well as all the existing infrastructure. In addition, controllers also need to see the airspace in the environs of the runways and airport in general.
From the outset, Thinking Space embraced our overall requirements and quickly understood the operational concepts which drive our business,
Numerous consultation sessions took place between Thinking Space and our operational and technological experts and this iterative process resulted in prototype furniture being built. This was evaluated in tandem with the teams in both organisations and proposed modifications were swiftly made.
We found Thinking Space very easy to work with and they were responsive and flexible regarding our needs.
We have ended up with quality furniture, delivered and assembled in accordance with our specifications and we would consequently favourably consider Thinking Space for any future requirements.
From the original contact with Thinking Space, I found the team proactive and supportive of the project. Not only did they take on board our requirements, but they asked critical questions and led the project team through the desk design process and room orientation providing a number of alternatives.
A project such as this required a close working relationship with not only the team at SLSNSW but the Project Manager/ builder and the AV and IT contractors. Thinking Space were conscious of our budget limits and time restraints and achieved both.
Now that the Centre has been operational for a month, the team are finding the design, ergonomics and sight lines work perfectly for our needs and the extended time frames the room is required to remain on high alert.
This is the second time we have worked with Thinking Space; previously we built a control room specifically for the Quarry Operations, however this project included bringing both the quarry and lime operations together to become more efficient and effective in the way the departments operate. We had a large store room that was to be converted, the idea / concept we had was to build as large a desk and media wall as possible as this gave room for expansion.Thinking Space visited site and worked with us on a few ideas before coming to the final design where full 2D and 3D drawings were created to really help visualise exactly how the control room would look. Thinking Space were very helpful on installation dates as we were on a very tight deadline and had a critical path to stick to. Finally the installers worked in a very professional manner to a high standard, they also worked with us to ensure everything was installed to meet our requirements. In summary I would highly recommend working with Thinking Space, they provide A+ service on all aspects from start to finish.
"Thinking Space Systems really listened to what it was we wanted to create in both look and feel. The design work was essential – we worked collaboratively to achieve the best room layout and design for the new training suite. There were great little touches, such as the propeller design on the panels and green LED lights under the consoles to help create a wow factor. Everyone’s been really impressed with the result. It was a pleasure to work with Thinking Space on this".
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