Gearhouse Chooses 28 Custom Consoles Desks for Australian Open Tennis

CAD-simulation of the Custom Consoles Module-R desk for the Rod Laver Arena production control room

UK-based systems integrator Gearhouse Broadcast has chosen Custom Consoles Module-R technical control furniture for a flyaway production system to be used at the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament. The January 19 to February 1 event will be televised live from multiple courts at the Melbourne Park venue in Victoria, including the Rod Laver, Hisense and Margaret Court arenas. Gearhouse Broadcast provided consultancy and project management throughout the contract and carried out the systems integration on site.

"This is a very large and prestigious contract," comments Gearhouse Broadcast Managing Director Kevin Moorhouse. "The furniture aspect alone includes 26 Custom Consoles Module-R desks in a wide variety of configurations and two EditOne desks for the edit suites. Module-R provided a highly efficient basis for us to specify a furniture system which we could confidently assemble on site. It is robust, popular with operators, and attractively styled. Equally important, Module-R provides easy access to equipment and cabling during installation as well as for any required technical maintenance. The EditOne series is flat-packable which makes it very compact to deliver. Assembly and equipment integration are quite straightforward."

"The Australian Open project for Gearhouse Broadcast embraces a wide range of desk sizes and configurations," adds Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. "The Module-R desks include a single-operator EVS varispeed-replay control station, a dual-operator robotics control desk, senior technical director position, three-operator camera control desk, a two-operator quality control desk, three-operator Rod Laver Arena production control, a shared two-operator production control desk for Hisense, Margaret Court and Courts 2/3, a shared two-operator control desk for Courts 6 and 8, plus a three-operator world feed production control room desk.


"All 26 Module-R desks have hard-wearing grey Marmoleum work-surfaces and oak veneer. They incorporate desktop level 1U-wide rack-mounting equipment pods with up to 17U bays. Each of the production control desks is fitted with an integral video production mixer. The desks are variants of our normal Module-R range. They have the same high strength and rigidity as the standard Module-R series but are designed for easy transport and on-site assembly."

A mix-and-matchable control room furniture system, the Custom Consoles Module-R product range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity.


Developed for use in video editing suites, broadcast graphics areas and audio studio control rooms, Custom Consoles EditOne desks go beyond the traditional rectangular configuration by using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf. Integral equipment pods are provided.  An auxiliary equipment pedestal with an additional 11U of rack space and an integral worktop is available. Designed for flat-pack delivery, the desk can be assembled in less than an hour using the supplied Allen key and screwdriver.

Gearhouse Broadcast
Gearhouse Broadcast is a leading international broadcast services company with offices located in the UK, Australia, USA, India and Doha, it offers a comprehensive range of broadcast services including project solutions, systems integration, equipment sales and equipment hire.


Custom Consoles
Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings.Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. The company's clients include broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.