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The Hampshire-based control room furniture manufacturers Thinking Space Systems have completed over 15 UK university security control room upgrades during the last ten years. Aston University is the latest, in Birmingham.

Dating back to a first meeting in 2013 at the annual chiefs of university security association AUCSO conference (which as it happens was in Aston in 2019), Thinking Space were tasked with creating a more open, airy and efficient use of space for their control room, which was dark and cramped. A key factor in the design and use of Thinking Space was the ability to install free-standing consoles and furniture which could be easily relocated. A two operator console, supervisor console, media wall and storage unit was provided, pictured.

For more details visit the Thinking Space website.

The acting head of security Caroline Bluck said: “Aston University recently were lucky enough to work with Thinking Space in the refurbishment works of a new security control room. Not an easy task when accommodating a room with so much technology, and to satisfy multiple end users.

“This was a complete redesign, with the focus on creating not only a user-friendly space, but a calm atmosphere essential when controlling emergency incidents. It is not always easy to achieve both function and design, but it has been achieved here. I’m confident we now have the base in which to serve our community, and a space our workforce can take pride in.”

Thinking Space are about to launch their new printed panel solution for technical furniture. Using digital printing techniques, the company will be able to offer limitless surface patterns, textures and images for a console, whether it be to reflect company branding, or to create a particular look. Visit


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