Altered Images, one of Britain's leading resellers of technology for the television production and corporate communications sectors, has chosen Custom Consoles' to design and supply a large video and audio control room at Madeley Academy in Telford, Shropshire. Based on the M-Desk Technical series, the desk consists of a 6 metre wide inline structure with an integral 3 metre wide side-facing work position at each end.
"The M Desk-Technical range provided the right mix of design flexibility to match our design parameters plus the freedom to incorporate customised elements specific to this installation," comments Altered Image Company Director Stuart Turner. "The desk is configured for use by up to five operators handling (from left) sound control, production monitoring, lighting control, vision mixing and editing. A triple-bay desktop equipment pod is located at the left and right corners, each pod providing room for twelve 19 inch rack-mounting equipment modules. The left pod doubles as a raised platform for a 32 inch video monitor screen and the right pod supports three PC monitors mounted on Ergotron adjustable arms. Two additional PC monitors are mounted directly to the desktop. Two 13 U equipment bay are located from floor to desk level in the left and right corners respectively and an additional technical equipment housing is provided at the far right. The sound mixer and lighting controllers are free-standing on the desktop, following normal practice, and the vision mixing panel is recessed into the desk in front of the right-hand equipment pod."
The desk is finished in cherry veneer with a hardwearing blue Marmoleum worksurface. Installation was completed within four weeks of order.
Custom Consoles' M Desk-Technical furniture is configured from a number of standard modules leaving only the worktops and any client-specific units to be constructed to meet individual requirements. Heavy-duty three-layer cable management with access panels runs along the entire desk width. The M Desk-Technical range is available in a choice of veneers and work-surfaces. Each desk unit is supported by extruded aluminium legs with integral floor-to-desk cable management. Available options include storage pedestals, computer housings, desktop equipment bays and flat-panel monitor mounts.
Altered Images was established in 1997 as a London-based reseller of video production and post production equipment. The company has expanded its team to 22 personnel based in London, Manchester, Nuneaton and Shepperton. It provides workflow systems, tapeless production and editing and delivery solutions. The company also offers a wide range of services including broadcast-quality equipment hire, consultancy, design and installation, with full maintenance support.
Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is a UK-based independent manufacturer of broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The company operates from a 1,200 square metre production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. Custom Consoles has built its name in the development and manufacture of bespoke furniture for a client base that includes governmental and corporate organisations in Britain, mainland Europe and Asia. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.