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Theatre Seating: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Theatre Seating: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Race Furniture Ltd

Race were delighted to be appointed as the seating supplier for the recent refurbishment of Britain's most complete Georgian playhouse, the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Our primary aim was to be sympathetic to the original qualities and features of the Georgian three-tier, courtyard-style auditorium while providing a more comfortable and stylish seat. We created bespoke benches and loose seating for the theatre, in a rich green leather with gold embroidered seat numbers. This project was the first to benefit from our brand new partnership with visualisation specialist, Preevue. A 3D model was created of the venue which we then added our 3D seat renders into, allowing the client to see exactly what their new venue and seating would look like, and make instant decisions while working remotely - a huge benefit considering this project was completed during the national lockdown! The CEO of the theatre, Clare Allen, said of her experience working with us: "One of our biggest challenges was to find a partner who could present a solution that would not only be comfortable but also sympathetic to the building’s world-famous heritage... Race Furniture rose admirably to that challenge. From the initial design concepts to the final installation of the benches and chairs, the team have worked hard to produce seating that looks and – very importantly – feels fabulous. The quality of the finished product is also excellent! It is also admirable that the project ran to schedule – crucial when working alongside a busy construction team. We were kept up-to-date with developments and supplied with regular images and descriptions of the various processes. Any unforeseen elements that cropped up as the project unfurled were resolved swiftly and imaginatively. Good communication – evident at all levels of the company – has been greatly appreciated."
High-level Sophistication at Sanlam Wealthsmiths

High-level Sophistication at Sanlam Wealthsmiths

IVC Commercial

The London offices of Sanlam Wealthsmiths, a global private investment and wealth management firm, have been refurbished with carpet tiles and LVT from IVC Commercial in a scheme focused on a neutral palette with pops of colour and texture.Designed by Oktra, the Monument Street offices of Sanlam are a showcase of the elegant application of different materials and finishes. From flashes of teal fabric task chairs in work booths to the matt black cupboards and oak slatted ceiling of the breakout, Sanlam is an elegant and sophisticated space that invites collaboration while appreciating the need for privacy and concentration. Throughout open working spaces, IVC Commercial’s Popular Attraction carpet tiles were opted for. The understated organic design adds movement and interest across the floor and helps to designate circulation areas while supporting the scheme’s neutral palette in the greys of 924 and 959. Then in the breakout, Oktra’s Steffi Diola, opted for Moduleo 55 Expressive Jumble Stone: “The subtle colours and bold pattern of IVC Commercial’s Jumble Stone add a bit of fun to the breakout but still delivers the high-level sophistication that’s seen throughout the floor,” explains Steffi. As part of the Expressive collection, Jumble Stone is a high-performance LVT that stands out for its unique design approach. A mixture of randomised tonal geometric shapes, the vinyl floor tile uses IVC Commercial’s  CIR (Cut in Register) technology for a floor with an authentic natural texture. Water-resistant and equipped with Protectonite® for simple cleaning, it’s perfect for busy breakout and kitchen areas. Both Popular Attraction and Jumble Stone are made in Belgium to deliver a performance solution to the flooring challenges of today’s workplaces. Providing floor coverings that withstand high levels of footfall and remain easy to clean, they have contributed to a successful scheme that has led to Oktra winning the contract for Sanlam Wealthsmiths 1,800m2 Bristol office. For further information, www.ivc-commercial.com
Yoko Ono Lennon Centre - The Tung Auditorium

Yoko Ono Lennon Centre - The Tung Auditorium

SIS Global Seating

The University of LiverpoolSIS Global Seating work on a new cultural landmark for the Liverpool City Region.The city of Liverpool is recognised internationally for its music and as a growing centre for arts and culture. As the city continues to build upon this reputation, the team at SIS Global Seating are delighted to announce our work with the University of Liverpool as part of its latest Arts and Humanity Project - the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre.Having supplied, delivered and installed fixed tiering and lecture theatre seating for over 20 years to the University, we were invited to enter into discussions with the project architects, Ellis Williams Architects, to provide a detailed design to fulfil their complex brief.Opening to the public in Spring 2022, the £22.1 million purpose-built teaching and performance centre offers a world class teaching experience for students and a new cultural landmark for the city. The centre includes the 400-seat Tung Auditorium with space for a 70-piece orchestra, as well as the state-of- the-art 600-seat Paul Brett Lecture Theatre.As a testament to our expertise and reputation, SIS Global Seating were entrusted to work on three projects within the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre; the Paul Brett Lecture Theatre, Tung Auditorium and Lecture Theatre 1, a 450-seat traditional lecture theatre space.All three spaces required fixed tiered structures as part of the seating package works. The first task involved working in conjunction with Ellis Williams Architects to provide tiering and seating layouts to achieve the design brief seating capacities. Several alternative seating layouts were provided for consideration and, as a result of this process, a comprehensive seating arrangement for each space was achieved which met the design brief.One particular challenge was that the fixed tiering in each space had to span over ducting underneath the tiers, as the tiers formed a sealed plenum in each theatre. This was particularly complex in the Paul Brett Lecture Theatre, as the design of the tiering had to span over the ducting, while still achieving the loading requirements to maintain the structural integrity and continuity of the tiering above.Our team provided many custom-made sections of tiering, with tiering treads that incorporated swirl air diffusers for the distribution of the air-conditioned air from the plenum below.In total, our team at SIS Global Seating designed, supplied and installed 452 seats in Lecture Theatre 1 and 605 seats in the Paul Brett Lecture Theatre. We also supplied and installed a total of 401 seats in the Tung Auditorium, in both the main auditorium hall and gallery area.The seating in Lecture Theatre 1 and the Paul Brett Lecture Theatre followed the traditional style of lecture theatre seating previously installed by our team at the University of Liverpool, as well as many other universities around the UK. However, our innovative installation provided all three theatres with removable seating and writing ledges, to allow flexibility of seating arrangements and inclusion of wheelchair spaces and people with reduced mobility.This flexibility went one step further in the Tung Auditorium, which incorporates a bespoke skid base with rise and fall castors, to facilitate the easy transportation of the removable seating to their required storage areas.Standard chairs were also customised with new seats and side panels to meet the University’s exacting requirements, including additional design modifications to the chairs in the Tung Auditorium in order to meet the exacting acoustic requirements.At SIS Global Seating, we’re known for offering the best and most attentive service in the industry and the team were on hand to provide many additional services within the project design and build, including layout design, standards compliance, site surveying and project management.For over 25 years, our experts have been at the forefront of innovative design; producing and installing world-class custom seating solutions. Manufactured to rigorous international standards and installed with unrivalled attention to detail, each of our systems are custom designed to meet the most demanding project requirements.
Hillside School

Hillside School

Boyco (UK) Ltd

We were commissioned to supply and install cloakroom fittings and a bespoke ‘classpack’ package for a four-classroom extension at Hillside School in the north-east of Scotland... all to seriously tight deadlines.Portlethen is one of Aberdeen’s fastest-growing commuter towns and, within two years of completion, the local primary school needed space for more pupils... quickly. What’s more, the four-classroom extension had to be completed while the existing school and nursery operated as normal.Boyco were approached to simply provide fixed furniture and equipment but, instead, proposed a fully managed, supply and installation service that would ease the pressure on main contractor Bancon Construction. Our end-to-end package included the design, manufacture and installation of a bespoke system of cloakroom fittings, teacher walls, kitchen units and height-adjustable worktops.Challenging lead times were made more difficult by the coronavirus pandemic and new construction site rules. However, we put together a plan of works for accelerated manufacture and installed the systems in just two weeks at the end of 2020. The extension was handed over to the client in January 2021.“It was satisfying that even in the midst of a global pandemic, the Council and its partners could work together to ensure the completion of the project,” said Cllr Gillian Owen, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee.Throughout, we liaised directly with the architect and the end client, combining our skills and experience to provide a fully-managed service designed to take the pressure off the main contractor. “Hassle-free” was how they described it. The project contributed to a portfolio of successful supply-and-fit projects in Scotland. “I will be recommending that Bancon Construction use Boyco on future projects,” said site manager Colin Smith.The service from Boyco couldn’t be faulted - from the drawings and delivery schedule to the quality of fittings, and an installation team who worked diligently without fuss to get the work completed on time.Colin Smith, Site Manager, Bancon Construction
Apartment roof terrace with communal green leisure area

Apartment roof terrace with communal green leisure area

UPM Biocomposites

A sense of community, abundant greenery and lake views on the roof terrace for all residentsThe housing fair is held annually in Finland. In 2021, it will be held in a scenic location in Lohja, Southern Finland. An interesting partnership quarter will also be put up in the fair area, where a sense of community has especially been taken into account in the planning. A block of 34 modern and energy-efficient apartments. The principal designer of the site is the architect Sasu Alasentie from UKI Arkkitehdit.”The idea behind the whole quarter is a sense of community. The flats in the building do not have their own saunas, but instead a communal use sauna will be constructed on the roof terrace. You can see the wonderful lake scenery from the roof and by utilising the roof terrace we wanted to ensure views of the lake to all residents. The yard areas of the quarter are fairly compact, but the roof terrace creates more greenery and communal outside areas for all the residents to use. We also hope that this will increase the residents’ team spirit and sense of community,” says Sasu Alasentie about the basis of the planning. ”On the roof terrace, we will also build an individual planting box for each resident, where they can cultivate herbs, flowers or whatever plants they want. A small summer kitchen corner and dining area will also be built there, as well as hanging chairs for lounging around. All in all, the area will hopefully become a communal, green oasis to spend time in, for all the residents,” says Sasu Alasentie. ”When we were choosing materials for the terrace, it was important to us that they would be in keeping with the building’s ecological nature and energy efficiency. Together with the contractor, we decided on the UPM ProFi Piazza composite for the terrace material. What appealed to us about it was particularly its durability and that it was easy to look after. Naturally also the fact that it’s made of recycled material, which fits well with the environmentally-friendly ideology of the whole building. I believe that in future projects, environmental friendliness and materials made from recycled materials will become even more popular,” says Sasu Alasentie.  
Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Digital Arts

Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Digital Arts

Ferco Seating Systems Ltd

Opened in late 2021, Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Digital Arts Building is a stunning addition to their campus. The SODA building is a purpose-built interdisciplinary school designed to support the growing demand for skilled workers in the region's creative & digital industries.Following a £35 million investment, including grants from the local authority and an advisory board headed by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, the SODA building was designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and built by contractors Kier. Although the building fits the aesthetic of the existing campus buildings – it has also been designed with the capability to adapt to technological changes in the future.Students attending MMU will now be able to study courses covering all areas of digital arts – including film, animation, UX, design, photography, sound design, gaming, AI and more. Teaching will be delivered in a range of specialist facilities such as a UX suite, music production workshops and an on-site cinema. Lab spaces and workshops supported by a unique teaching and research team will encourage collaborative learning and personal development.When Manchester Metropolitan University were selecting seating for the cinema in the SODA building, they required a chair matching their ethos of adaptability, innovation & longevity. Ferco's Primera Beaufort seat was selected as a perfect example of a comfortable, stylish & affordable seat which is a perfect fit for any cinema or auditorium.76 Primera Beaufort seats were installed as well as four rows of fixed tiering to provide perfect viewing positions for each person. Upholstered in a stunning orange hue of Camira Main Line Flax fabric, the seating looks stunning and is held to the highest levels of fire safety. The seat covers are fully removable for ease of cleaning.Ferco's Beaufort seat is highly customisable to fit in any performance space. Excellent lumbar support and a high backrest make the Beaufort perfect for screening rooms of any size. The fully enclosed seat pivot ensures safety when using the tip-up mechanism, and Ferco's Wrimatic writing tablet can be fully integrated into the seat if required.For cinemas, screening rooms, auditoriums or performance spaces of any size – Ferco Seating have a bespoke seating solution which is comfortable, stylish & affordable.
Backstage ² Upkot student flats - gratings

Backstage ² Upkot student flats - gratings

Elefant Gratings T/A PcP Gratings Ltd

The ancient printing house of “De Vooruit” in the Center of Ghent, was completely stripped to only the ancient concrete supporting structure. From there the renovation to an ultramodern student home was to be made with steel, providing safe stairways, safe and easy to walk on platforms, as well as outside sitting areas for the students. This was all to be made in aesthetical harmony with other products, such as COR-TEN steel that was used in the project. This to create a modern look, aspiring to the students.The project criteriaPcP had to meet the criteria for a sustainable, durable product which was safe and comfortable to walk on. At the same time, the product needed to blend in well with the COR-TEN steel being used for other parts of the project, providing a modern look that would appeal to students. Another challenge was installing the new steel structure onto the existing concrete supporting structure of the original building.The solutionLannoo Konstruktie chose the OPTIMO® O2, Spiral treads – Type K and panels, as these high-quality products met all the stated requirements for the new student accommodation building. In addition, it was a bonus that the OPTIMO® O2 perforation is easy to walk on in all types of shoes, and is even suitable for outdoor furniture, such as tables and lounge chairs.“The strength-to-weight ratio of the PcP solution is very favourable. This was very helpful for us, as we had to mount the new steel structure onto the old concrete supporting beams. It was important to have a light but very strong panel and steps. PcP was ideal for this purpose.”– Christophe Lannoo, CEO, Lannoo KonstruktieThe resultThe ancient printing house of ‘Dagblad Vooruit’ in the centre of Ghent was completely stripped back to its concrete supporting structure. The structure was then developed to create ultramodern student accommodation using steel with safe stairways, safe and comfortable platforms as well as exterior seating areas for students. This work all harmonised aesthetically with the other building materials, such as the COR-TEN steel used in the project. The aim was to create a modern and inspiring student residence.Architectural steel platform and spiral stair treadsThe project lasted a total of five months from first production to final installation of the panels and steps. In total, 150 spiral K treads were used for three spiral stairs on the three-storey building. More than 100 OPTIMO® O2 treads were installed, together with almost 300 square metres of OPTIMO® O2 panels, both standard and customised. For Lannoo Konstruktie, it was a very attractive project to be engaged in, and likewise for PcP, which is used to projects which are more industrial in nature.
Architectural Beauty combines Form, Function and Aesthetics

Architectural Beauty combines Form, Function and Aesthetics

Troldtekt A/S

There has always been a relationship between design and the marrying up of form, function and aesthetics. While popularity of materials and styles comes and go over the years, how products look, feel and perform is constant. This interesting interplay is explored in the latest online theme from Troldtekt A/S, the Danish manufacturer of acoustic panels. Comprising expert articles, white papers and interviews, the ‘Architectural Beauty’ theme looks at the concept of architectural beauty and the importance of aesthetics in leading certification schemes for sustainable building. It acknowledges that it is not always possible to harmonise the aesthetic with the practical but that there are some ways in which they can be combined to provide value to a building while enhancing its beauty. Australian artist and designer Jay Dee Dearness sums it up well - “Beauty is the melding of functionality and aesthetics in just the right proportions to achieve the desired result.’ Acoustic product manufacturers, such as Troldtekt, embrace this relationship and are at the forefront of practical, aesthetic and high performance products and design. Troldtekt’s wood wool panelling is a perfect canvas allowing architects and designers to realise their most creative schemes, safe in the knowledge that acoustical performance will not be compromised.Since 1903, Copenhagen has presented annual awards for beautiful buildings, landscaping and urban spaces within the city. The Copenhagen Building Award comprises four categories - new buildings, restoration, refurbishment and urban environments. “We present the awards to honour the architects, engineers and developers behind the projects. Also, we’re keen to support projects and urban spaces that are of particular benefit to the city and its citizens”, comments Camilla van Deurs, City Architect of the City of Copenhagen and chair of the building award jury.Copenhagen’s Grøndalsvængets School (pictured), is one of the winning projects chosen by the Copenhagen Building Awards 2020. The school has undergone thorough renovation and expansion, all designed by JJW Arkitekter. It now has a fully modern learning environment where the original qualities have been preserved – and where the indoor climate is exemplary. Like most schools, it used to be noisy by nature from the exuberance of children. Now, this stunning example of architectural beauty shows how large bright spaces, natural daylight and interesting design works well with aesthetic high performance products. It also shows how wood wool acoustic panels make such designs possible while dampening ambient and reverberated noise which would otherwise be unbearable for users.  Many buildings have unique challenges relating to acoustic issues but all can benefit from acoustic panelling to help contribute towards improving the interior environment. Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100% Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. Available in various sizes and in four grades from extreme to coarse, the panels can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Samples, case studies and technical information are easily sourced from www.troldtekt.co.uk (tel 01978 664255). In addition, information on Troldtekt’s Architectural Beauty theme can be found at https://www.troldtekt.com/news/themes/architectural-beauty or https://bit.ly/3jvFmV2

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