Our heritage

CCD began from humble beginnings in 1977, and we’re proud to have been in business for over 40 years. Here’s the history of the company, prepare to go back in time!

CCD was created in November 1977, with the objective to offer clients professional ergonomics consultancy allied to practical design…a feature of CCD which continues to be at our core.

Our founding directors (John Wood, Martin Hazell and Mike Clark) had been working together through the Industrial Design Research Unit at the RCA on various control room design projects for the Home Office. The original work of CCD continued this theme with projects throughout 70s and 80s designing rooms for the emergency services.

CCD in 1977

CCD in 1977

Our first office was set up in Richmond. Through the next decade we stayed around this area with offices in Weybridge and Egham.

CCD designed the Central Command Complex for the Metropolitan Police.

CCD designed a suite of control rooms for the Royal Hong Kong Police, our first major overseas project.

In response to new health & safety regulations, CCD produced and sold the “In Your Own Interest” training video and products.

We designed the London Area Control Centre air traffic control room at Swanwick.

Martin Hazell observes work in a policy control room

Martin Hazell observes work in a police control room

We started to move into the railway sector which, within 10 years, would account for around 3/4 of our work. CCD also completed the acquisition of Cambridge Ergonomics which brought Mike Stearn into the management team.

We moved offices to central London starting near Trafalgar Square before moving to Southwark a few years later.

CCD’s Directors were awarded the William Floyd Award by the Chartered Institute for Ergonomics & Human Factors for services to ergonomics.

CCD commissioned to produce landmark standard for the integration of ergonomics into engineering projects for Network Rail.

CCD set-up the Ergonomic Design Award with the CIEHF and our then MD, John Wood, was chair of the judging panel.

CCD was an exhibitor at the Design Museum’s exhibition ‘Ergonomics – Real Design‘ showcasing our work on the design the Large Hadron Collider control room for CERN.

John Wood stood down as Managing Director handing the reigns to David Watts.  We also started our current expansion of overseas work with our first major project in the Middle East for Abu Dhabi Police.

CCD co-organises an international conference on control room design in Paris with CIEHF.

CCD moves to offices in Kings Cross

Our studio in Kings Cross

Our past studio in Kings Cross

We added wayfinding to our design services with Chris Girling joining the team after being part of the LOGOC wayfinding design team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The management team of David Watts, Martin Freer and Chris Girling, along with Non-Exec Director, Julian Matthews, completes a management buyout from the founding partners

CCD is 40 years old

December 2017
We move to Second Home Spitalfields, a new era of CCD begins!