Manchester MRI control room fit-out Thinking Space Systems

Manchester Royal Infirmary security control room case study


Thinking Space were awarded the contract by Chubb Fire & Security and Redworth Associates to modernise the security control room at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The existing control room was gloomy and dark with outdated and worn-out wooden control desks. The technical systems were to be upgraded and modernized in keeping with the latest building management and security technologies.

A total re-fit and re-configuration of the room was required to ensure both an effective service to the hospital as well as the provision of a modern, safe, and comfortable working environment for managers and operating staff.


Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) was formed in 1752. It had 12 beds and began in a small house in the city center. In 1908, it moved to its present site on Oxford Road, where it was officially opened by King Edward VIII in 1909. Despite World War II bombings, the MRI has continued to grow by rebuilding and constructing new buildings ever since.

It is now a large teaching hospital for Manchester University’s Medical School as well as a specialist regional center for kidney and pancreas transplants, hematology, and sickle cell disease. The MRI's Heart Center, specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology, is a major provider of cardiac services in the region. The Accident & Emergency Department sees around 145,000 patients each year.

The MRI can boast many medical breakthroughs, the most recent being the first in the UK to carry out urology surgery using a handheld robotic device and a full 3D system.

The MRI and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital are the only hospitals in the region to undertake kidney transplants. In 2008, the MRI celebrated 4000 transplants over 40 years of service.

In 2009, a number of services moved to a new wing, which was officially opened in 2012.


Thinking Space provided a full fit-out service for the new control room. Our design proposal created an ergonomic control room compliant with BS 11064. The main control desk consists of a main console with three operator positions, a supervisor desk, and four additional consoles for their security operations. Each console provides low level LED lighting with the client choosing a vibrant red worktop finish.

The focus for the room is the large built-in monitor wall designed by Thinking Space, which incorporates multiple sized monitors with equipment storage at a lower level.

To completely modernize the space, Thinking Space installed a suspended ceiling with grid lighting and bespoke downlights at the required positions within the room. A neutral color scheme and flooring complete the aesthetic look of the room with clean lines against the vibrant red worktops.


Thinking Space provided a full project management service, by coordinating an established network of contractors to provide a fully compliant control room that is sustainable 24/7. The successful planning and understanding of the client’s needs ensured that minimal disruption and deadlines were achieved.

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"Very pleased with the professional approach, negotiation on the brief, subtle tweaks to achieve the final result… Implantation and fitting was excellent using quality of materials and demonstrable skills by all concerned. I would recommend Thinking Space and have no hesitation in suggesting our room is available for viewing"
Bob Chestnutt - (ASMS)(MIPSA) Security Manager
Sodexo Healthcare providing Security Services on behalf of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust