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Retractable, auditorium and lecture theatre seating

+44 (0)1373 865050 www.audiencesystems.com

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ACS International School Cobham - Retractable and Removable Seating

Audience Systems worked with performance specialists Drama by Design to create this beautiful performance space. Retractable and removable seating combine for maximum flexibility; on the balconies, swivelling seats make for optimum sightlines whatever the theatre layout. John Baddeley, Theatre Technician commented, “The seats feel really good quality, with the right amount of padding to comfortably sit through a two hour performance. The removable Matrix seats strike the right balance between being easy to set out, and feeling sturdy – once in place they don’t feel like removable seating. The process of putting the bleachers back is very smooth.”

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

The Attenborough Centre is an busy multipurpose space hosting up to eight events each week. Within its unique circular auditorium, Audience Systems' Airstages have been used to create a height-adjustable floor which can be flat, or can be tiered in a number of different configurations. The labour-saving hydraulic Airstage modules are unlocked and smoothly lowered from the top using removable handles. “The difference from the old system is huge. A crew of three can now transform the space in less than half the time it used to take a crew of six – and it will only get quicker.”

Bush House Conference Facility, Kings College London - high specification retractable auditorium

This wonderful grade II listed building on the Strand, London is the former home of the BBC World Service, and now serves as a beautiful conference space for Kings College London. Audience Systems’ retractable seating system includes high specification Espace 628 chairs, with pocket sprung seats for outstanding comfort, solid oak armrests and high backrests. The retractable seating includes two “partial opening” positions for added flexibility, special carpet and elegantly trimmed steps with special nosing and LED aisle lighting. It’s a fitting level of finish for a building with an exceptionally distinguished history.

CityDance Center, USA - Retractable auditorium seating

Retractable seating for this education, performance and community space included elegant Espace 628 chairs with a high specification maple veneer finish. Director of Operations, Letitia Hays said "We wanted a telescopic system that was very easy to operate. The studios are busy and multiple partners use the room. In order to create revenue streams and maintain our own schedule, we need a fast turnaround. On top of that we wanted high quality and user-friendly mechanisms. The Audience Systems seating is so easy to use; I can set the telescopic system up on my own."

Fixed, retractable and VIP upholstered seating for Leeds First Direct Arena

Leeds Arena's ground-breaking fan-shaped layout provides perfect sightlines for 13,500 spectators. Audience Systems' complete seating package for the arena included VIP seats, 47 fixed rows of seating, and 15 rows on mobile retractable platforms, enabling 7 different layouts. "I found Audience Systems a very good company to work with.  They were heavily involved, attending numerous meetings and assisting with the final layout of the seating. They completed their installation on program and the quality of the seating was very good. I would have no hesitation in using Audience Systems in the future.” Gordon Alexander, Construction Manager

HIgh Specification retractable seating at The Cube - Southampton University Students' Union

The Cube is an incredibly multipurpose space. Its uses include a lecture theatre, cinema, circus training arena, Zumba studio and nightclub to name a few. The retractable seating is therefore operated on a daily basis. High specification Recital T chairs with foldaway writing tablets were chosen for their good looks, practicality and versatility. They are finished in a raspberry-grey colour scheme to complement the contemporary interior. The platforms close away at the touch of a button, sliding into a specially designed storage area. Customised fascias create a seamless façade, completely protecting the chairs when the system is closed.

Newry Town Hall

Newry Town Hall's seating was replaced as part of the second phase of a major refurbishment. The Espace 628 seats offer outstanding comfort as well as a high-specification look. The stalls chairs are deployed on “Matrix” removable floorbars – the whole system is completely removable with no need for floor fixings, and can be stacked on trolleys. Matching tread fixed seats are installed on the balcony. “The seating looks amazing, and the colour scheme works really well in the hall. The installers were very friendly, and worked incredibly hard to get the job done."

Royal Albert Hall - Fixed and Removable Auditorium Seating

Audience Systems have worked with the Royal Albert Hall for over 15 years, replacing the auditorium's seating in phases. The latest phase involved the replacement of the stalls seating. The removable Matrix system in conjunction with Espace 628 chairs provided an elegant but practical solution. Jen Mills from the Albert Hall said, "Audience Systems provided the Royal Albert Hall with excellent service and attention to detail from conceptual stage through to delivery of the Espace 628 Matrix floor bar system. We are extremely happy with the seating design which has reduced setting out time and manual labour."

Savannah Cultural Center, GA, USA

The management of this arts center in the historic city of Savannah wanted to increase both space utilisation and income. Audience Systems’ local representative worked closely with Theatre Consultants Collaborative to design this multipurpose space. The seating is both practical and elegant, toning with the historic interior of the building. The solution includes: Flexibility and ease of operation: the push-button power operated retractable system is complete with folding side rails and can be fully or partially opened depending on capacity. Refined finish: The Espace 628 chairs are elegantly upholstered and finished with timber to complement the building’s interior.

Speyside High School

Audience Systems provided retractable seating for the school's contemporary performing arts extension, working closely with the school to ensure the seating would fit with the steeply sloping roof. Co-ordinating stacking chairs provide additional capacity when needed. Simple, clean finishes sit well in the space. "The system you installed has been of great benefit to us already, said Janitor Andrew Garrick, “and has cut setting up times by quite a considerable amount. “We can now set up the 200 seats in about ten minutes instead of about thirty minutes in the old auditorium."

Strode Theatre

Retractable seating platforms twinned with high specification Recital auditorium chairs create a stunning intimate studio theatre. Liz Leyshon, Strode Theatre Manager said, “We are delighted, it looks wonderful. The way the room works as both empty rehearsal room and then within 20 minutes ready for film is worth seeing. The installation crew were brilliant. We couldn’t believe how they completed the installation in just two days.”

University of Reading - Lecture Theatre Seating

This lecture theatre refurbishment included a new tiering structure to overstep existing tiering and improve sightlines, as well as versatile "Scholar" lecture theatre seats and desks. A bold colour scheme for the upholstery created an outstanding finished look to the auditorium. Neil Anderson, Contracts Manager at Morgan Sindall said, “Your team were excellent, and were always on hand to answer questions. You worked extremely hard to achieve the challenging programme set. Total commitment was displayed by your fixing teams. I would certainly have no hesitation in repeating the experience with you should the opportunity arise.”

University of Warwick - The Oculus

The lecture theatre in the University’s new flagship teaching building is the largest on campus. The uncluttered design of the “Scholar” seating sits beautifully with the stunning complexity of the roof, and Architects Berman Guedes Stretton used a contemporary upholstery colour scheme to exploit this simplicity beautifully. The clean lines also mask some practical features such as integral charging facilities for students, as well as recesses for integral LED lighting.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

A complete refurbishment of this stunning Victorian auditorium with 1200 of Audience Systems' Icon theatre chairs. The chairs feature a smooth, soft tipping mechanism and comfortable contoured backrest. Chris Moore, Associate Director – Operations at the Theatre said: "We are all delighted with the new seating and we have received lots of positive feedback from customers. The seats are comfortable, and as well as meeting modern standards and expectations they complement the age of our Victorian auditorium. Throughout the whole process, Audience Systems have worked tirelessly to achieve our deadline and we are extremely pleased with their workmanship and professionalism."

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