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A police command centre at Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth has new equipment from the control room furniture manufacturer Winsted. As one of three operating bases in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy, Devonport, the largest naval base in western Europe houses the Navy’s sole nuclear repair and refuelling facility.



Winsted was commissioned to provide a console that had to fit within the confined space available and offer modularity to allow later changes.  A Prestige Insight console was used. Darryl Lymer, from Winsted’s Business Development says this incorporates all of Winsted’s Sight-Line range, but packages them within a compact profile that saves space and maximises the number of operators able to staff the control room.


Winsted worked with Relay Engineering, which installs and maintains electrical and mechanical systems. Winsted had collaborated with Relay Engineering on another security site within the dockyard and for this project produced computer aided design (CAD) drawings and colour renders. These illustrated ergonomic solutions to the police command centre’s furniture requirements and led to an order for an L-shaped Prestige Insight.


Finished in Elimau beech, the console incorporates custom Versa-Trak desktop stacks and monitor poles that, the company says, provide a flexible framework to house CCTV monitors and allow for expansion with more screens, as required. 


Darryl says: “This was a two-man installation and we were able to fit the furniture in one day. The area was located on the second floor, so goods couldn’t be pre-assembled. The Insight console’s small ‘footprint’ meant it could be housed in a corner area with a doorway, without taking up unnecessary space for the command centre’s other requirements.”


Martin Moore, Business Unit Manager at Relay Engineering, speaks of Relay’s involvement in the command centre project. As a specialist engineering company operating in the marine, defence, construction, commercial and industrial industry sectors, Relay services include installation and maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems, as well as security and fire systems. 


Martin Moore says: “Following our previous tie-up with Winsted, we were very happy to commission the company to produce this innovative console solution, which will enable the operators using it to maximise their operational effectiveness. Darryl and his team have delivered a first class installation that complements the service Relay Engineering has provided. We are committed to ensuring that we deliver a quality service to our customers on every project that we complete.”  


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