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Custom Consoles Completes Major Studio Furniture Order for Luxembourg’s RTL City

Veteran technical furniture provider Custom Consoles has completed installation of more than 50 desks and work surfaces at RTL City, based in Kirchberg, Luxembourg. The newly renovated building is one of Europe’s largest broadcast media centers and the new home of Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), which provides a wide range of broadcast services.

Costas Colombus, BCE's special projects manager, said that with so many desks being deployed they wanted a supplier with the size and breadth to fulfill the massive order. This would make equipment installation and wiring as consistent as possible, ensuring a fast project completion.

“A very careful study of the available furniture products was made before we chose Module-R and EditOne desks from Custom Consoles,” Columbus said. “They sent samples for us to evaluate and provided constructive ideas based on the high degree of design flexibility made possible by combining elements within the Module-R product range.”

He added that the Module-R series proved a much more attractive option than working with vendors that could only offer one-piece desks of fixed sizes.

“We were able to specify furniture that exactly fitted the various room dimensions without incurring the potentially high cost of commissioning entirely new designs,” he said.

For the project, Custom Consoles prefabricated the Module-R desks at their UK factory before joining the large elements together on site. Precise measurements had to be taken to accommodate the new equipment. Cabling installation went very smoothly and the BCE team liked the quality and ergonomics of the final product.

Custom Consoles’ EditOne desks were chosen for the edit suites where the equipment integration requirements were less elaborate. For many of the facility’s display mounting requirements, a Custom Consoles Media Wall and Media Post between them proved to be a very versatile option.

RTL City’s technical facilities are located on three floors with a very large apparatus room at ground level. The second floor houses seven broadcast control suites plus the network operations center. The broadcast control suites are each equipped with a Module-R desk and MediaPost video monitor display mount. Module-R desks and Mediapost video monitors were also provided for ingest rooms adjacent to the broadcast control suites.

One of the 50 new Custom Consoles desks integrated into Broadcasting Center Europe’s facility inside RTL City.

One of the 50 new Custom Consoles desks integrated into Broadcasting Center Europe’s facility inside RTL City.

Also on the second floor is the Network Operations Centre (NOC). BCE specified a 6-meter wide x 3-meter U-shaped desk facing a Media Wall with 12 55-inch video monitor screens in a 2 high by six wide array plus three loudspeakers. 

For the NMC1 network master control suite, Custom Consoles produced two 5.9-meter wide rectangular desks positioned as front and back rows facing a ten-55-inch-screen monitor wall. A production switcher is integrated into the front desk together with equipment pods accommodating an auxiliary panel for the switcher plus talkback. Camera control panels are integrated into the rear desk. 

Two desks were commissioned for NMC2. The largest is a 5-meter wide rectangular design with a 2.7-meter left-hand spur. The main section incorporates an audio mixer panel, vision switcher and camera control units plus auxiliary equipment pods. The desk faces a Media Wall supporting four side-by-side 55-inch monitors and four monitor loudspeakers. The second desk in this suite has two 3U-high desktop equipment pods is designed for single-operator use. 

A curved desk for use by up to three operators has been provided for the BCO2 operations suite. This incorporates a worktop-embedded routing control panel and three 3U-high desktop equipment pods. The desk faces four Custom Consoles MediaPost monitor mounts, each supporting an NEC 55 inch display screen to form a concave configuration. 

Adjacent to the NOC is the System Administration Room. Custom Consoles supplied a large desk that fills three walls of the room, maximizing the available space. Media Wall elements are incorporated to mount 35 flat screen monitors. 
Also on Floor 2 are six digital media operations rooms, each with a five-bay Module-R desk and 13U high equipment pod. 

The technical suites on Floor 1 are similarly furnished mainly with Module-R except the edit suites where Custom Consoles EditOne desks provided optimal solutions in terms of size, facilities and cost-efficiency. 

Fitted to many of the desks are B-Tech computer display support arms. Custom Consoles also supplied KAB Controller chairs specifically designed for staff working long shifts.

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