Today I set about making a center console so I can mount my switches on. I made it from 2.5mm thick aluminum plate. It will fix to the gear stick nuts, and bolt to the underside of the dashboard. The holes are 48mm x 130mm, and will take 5 switches each. I have left spaces for additional switch, that I may need in the future. Such as front screen heater demist, radiator fan override.
I will leave the aluminum unpainted as the brushed effect with black switches and black trim is effective
The space in the dashboard I might use for a stereo or data logger, at the moment neither will be fitted.