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Award for control room firm

The technical furniture manufacturer Thinking Space Systems Ltd has won the Taylor Made Computer Solutions Award for the Best Use of Technology, part of this year’s South Coast Business Awards. The awards which were organised by the Southern Daily Echo newspaper, with Trethowans Solicitors, were held at the Grand De Vere Hotel in Southampton. Guest speaker was Sharron Davis. Businesses across Hampshire heard the winners of each of the eight awards announced.



The Romsey-based control room furniture manufacturer tcook the award for their use of CAD design software. Thinking Space was able to show to judges how the company has continued to invest in the CAD software, supplied by Adris, which now forms an integral part of the design to manufacture process. The software produces design drawings which are not only used by the sales team at the proposal stage, but through to manufacturing, as every furniture component is fully itemised on the drawing.  


This has reduced production time and risk of error and has resulted in the company being able to increase their manufacturing capacity whilst still maintaining quality, the firm says.  Since it was introduced, the company has seen significant growth, resulting in their relocation to larger premises in December last year.  


Wayne Palmer, Managing Director of Thinking Space, says: “We are delighted to have received this award, it was a complete surprise but it has been a real boost to all the staff here, particularly our design team.  It has given them the recognition they deserve as they have worked hard and been committed to developing the CAD software to improve our service to clients.” 


The award comes as further upgrades to the design software are being introduced with the installation of Autocad Inventor 2013. Over the next three to six months, Thinking Space will continue to invest in the design software by way of an automated panel system which will create panel drawings and CNC programs which are automatically generated from Microsoft Access.  The firm plans to remain at the competitive edge of design and visualisation software and the upgrade will allow the design team, once trained in its use by supplier Adris, to provide a complete 3D design software with lots of features and flexibility to create higher quality visuals.  


Design Manager Alastair Bark adds: “These two further enhancements will allow Thinking Space to manufacture with more speed and efficiency and also allow us to offer our clients higher quality visuals of our proposals.  These upcoming developments present exciting times for us and our clients.” 


About Thinking Space


Thinking Space Systems supplies technical furniture for control rooms, serving Air Traffic Control, Security, Plant & Process, Transport and Broadcasting sectors. Thinking Space Systems is also the UK distributor for Swiss-based Kanya, an aluminium extrusion manufacturer. Thinking Space is also the exclusive UK distributor for Novus monitor mounting and ergonomic desk accessories for the workplace. For more information, visit,,


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