Control Room Design




We recognise the operation of a control room has critical implications which create higher demands on engineering than for other built space. Case Studies >

Whilst at the core of the design lie the control systems, we also ensure other critical aspects of engineering are integrated including spatial design, ceilings and floor, fire engineering, lighting, ventilation, heating & cooling, small power and desk & furniture design. We manage 3rd party designers such as PFIs or maintainers who often require co-ordinating as part of the process. We use human factors and ergonomic specialists to ensure the operator's needs remain the focus of the design.

We design control desks around a pre-building philosophy so they are modular, fast to assemble and can be wired off-site. We also facilitate design approval by mocking up control rooms in our Cheshunt facility. This allows us to gain much in operator feedback prior to construction.

Often our designs have to factor complex migration of assets from a separate existing control room. For these high-risk activities over-and-back testing, parallel running, change over strategies, equipment possessions all form part of the design philosophy to ensure risk to the operational railway is as low as possible.


Gradient Electrical & Mechanical

Renewable technology, energy conservation and sustainability are at the forefront of modern railway design. Fully embracing these principles our team have expertise...

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Gradient telecommunications

We are a telecommunications integrator. We develop user requirements into robust design solutions across the spectrum of system technologies.

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Gradient surveying

We undertake a wide range of surveying tasks such as asset condition, spatial, cable tracing, record correlation, buried services, utilities etc. We deploy staff with the right technical experience to identify...

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Gradient BIM

BIM allows us to create and manipulate our installations in a virtual world, showing how they integrate with all other elements of the built environment so our clients and stakeholders can visualise exactly...

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Gradient electrification and plant

We cover 750V DC supplies; substations; impedance protection systems; earthing and bonding solutions for both AC & DC scenarios;

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Gradient systems interface management

Progressing construction works in the operational environment requires comprehensive planning of cabled infrastructure.

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Gradient consulting engineers

Our Consulting Engineering division provides professional services for telecommunications, building services and associated railway systems.

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Gradient scada and sms

We have designed, specified and delivered SCADA and station management systems for a wide range of different applications on surface and underground rail infrastructure.

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Gradient project management

We have a large team of industry professionals who we can deploy to help support and deliver rail infrastructure projects.

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Gradient case studies

To find out more about the projects we have delivered within the transport infrastructure sector please view our case studies.

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STAKE Programme - Telecommunications

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Fourway are a STAKE contractor. This is a 5 year framework for the refurbishment of 70 underground stations. We provide both design and construction services direct to London Underground across a broad range of station assets and systems.


Reading Station Area Redevelopment - Telecommunications

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Fourway designed and delivered the telecommunication requirements for Reading Station Area Redevelopment through a series of contracts. Starting at GRIP 4 Fourway worked with Tata and Grimshaw to develop the scheme to conclusion under Costain Hochtief.


Paddington Integrated Project - Communications Engineering

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Under PIP, Paddington Station was significantly remodelled to integrate new Crossrail, LU and NR requirements. Fourway provided the communications engineering through a variety of commissions and delivery packages to complete the works.


Kings Cross Station Regeneration Programme - Telecommunications

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Fourway designed and delivered the Kings Cross Station Regeneration Programme's telecommunication requirements through a series of contracts. Fourway master minded the entire systems migration for the Programme, providing a 'guiding mind' to ensure all strands of this complex project were brought together.