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University of Reading - Lecture Theatre Seating

Audience Systems Ltd

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.”

Contemporary seating for new luxury development

Furnitubes International Ltd

Located in south west London, One Palace Road is a brand new development of one and two bedroom luxury apartments in this exciting, vibrant and upcoming area of the capital. At one side of the development, a small garden has been provided for the residents in which seating from one of our newest ranges – the ‘Veeva’ – has been installed. Selected for its contemporary style and robust design, the curved benches fit perfectly within the organic shapes of the planting beds and lawns, and the combination of galvanised steel and iroko hardwood complements the architectural language of this new development.

Concrete seating for ice arena entrance walkway

Furnitubes International Ltd

Furnitubes’ Core concrete seating range was selected as part of the external landscaping works for the regeneration of Slough Ice Arena. Fifteen 4-person concrete benches were supplied in a white acid-etched finish, placed along the edge of the entrance walkway. The completed facility features a brand new extended ice rink, a climbing centre, café and gym as well as a new spectator seating area.

External seating solutions required at New Police HQ

Furnitubes International Ltd

The new Northamptonshire Police HQ development required various external seating at the front entrance to accommodate staff and visitors. Furnitubes' Mesa concrete blocks were ideal - whilst providing seating provision, the heavy duty blocks also act as a security barrier to the main entrance. Eight Zenith seats were supplied in a satin polish finish with WPC slats, as well as the addition of Contor Wall-Top seating platforms to the walls that surround the building.

Unique seating designs for North London residential development

Furnitubes International Ltd

The Kings Crescent Estate in Stoke Newington, North London, has been transformed with a mix of 490 brand new homes, improvements to existing homes and new amenities designed to benefit both new and current residents. A significant amount of seating is provided on the development and MUF Architecture / Art used Furnitubes’ timber-slatted Metropolitan seat as the starting point for their bespoke seating concepts, which have delivered 7 new and unique seating solutions. These very unusual seating forms perfectly complement the eclectic mix of public realm features evident throughout the new Kings Crescent Estate.

CityDance Center, USA - Retractable auditorium seating

Audience Systems Ltd

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."

Outdoor seating for retail giant's head quarters

Furnitubes International Ltd

Shire Park is the location of retail giant -Tesco, headquaters. Alongside the building is a multi-use games area for staff to use during their lunch breaks and after work, all set in new landscaped surrounds. Overlooking the pitch is two-tiered gabion linear wall structure that provides an elevated position. Although simple to construct and attractive features in their own right, gabions aren’t particularly comfortable to sit on, but the addition of Furnitubes’ Lapa benches readily converts the wall into useful seating provision. 16 Lapa benches were supplied in total, providing seating capacity for around 50 people.

ACS International School Cobham - Retractable and Removable Seating

Audience Systems Ltd

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.”

Grimsby Leisure Centre Swimming Pool Spectator Seating

CPS Manufacturing Co LLP

The new leisure centre in Grimsby required 250 poolside spectator seats. CPS Manufacturing worked with the client, architect and main contractor to install riser and floor mounted high quality, auto-tipping and durable Avatar seats. The Avatar seats have a galvanised steel seat frame to prevent them rusting in the humid and damp pool atmosphere.

Villa Cross Church of God Prophecy Auditorium Seating

CPS Manufacturing Co LLP

For the Villa Cross Church of God Prophecy building, CPS Manufacturing worked alongside the church and the architect to provide tailored seating for the auditorium. The church installed Asset A20 seats. These seats are covered by AIRO acoustics and noise control as well as being clad in plywood to effectively reduce sound absorption. There were nearly 1,000 auditorium seats installed with durable fabrics.

Seating and bespoke planters - Westgate Mall, Oxford

Furnitubes International Ltd

Furnitubes designed, engineered, manufactured and installed 35 planters and 8 seating units. The planters were supplied in corten steel and aluminium trusses up to 6m high were bolted into the base of the planters for climbing plants to grow up. The seating is from Furnitubes’ new Elements XL range, designed to be sufficiently stable to not require fixing down, with 4 units including bespoke backrests. All products are heavy enough to not be easily moved by the public, but can be readily moved by pallet truck if the spaces in the Lower Mall need to be rearranged in future.

New circular seating for Mark Street Gardens, Hackney

Furnitubes International Ltd

Furnitubes' designers were set the challenge of devising a 3-part seating arrangement for Mark Street Gardens in Hackney. The seating would fit between existing lines of granite setts and alongside retained planting. The benches combine galvanised steel plate ends and sub frame, which sit well within this urban environment, and oiled iroko hardwood slats. Armrests have been carefully positioned to allow maximum usage of the seating area but also to deter rough sleeping which has been an issue at the gardens in the past. We wish Hackney well in their upcoming Green Flag application for Mark Street Gardens.

Bespoke seating and planters for redeveloped Westgate Oxford

Furnitubes International Ltd

The £440m redevelopment of Westgate Oxford shopping centre, Furnitubes designers worked with landscape architects LDA Design to develop a series of planting and seating solutions for the rooftop terraces, designed around a kitchen garden concept and creating a series of unique outdoor spaces for 12 bars and restaurants and offering impressive views of the Oxford skyline and the countryside beyond. Themed areas include the sinuous Crinkle Crankle, a Vegetable Garden and the more formal Garden Court as well as the Kitchen Garden itself. Planters were manufactured predominantly in steel, some with additional timber cladding, others with integrated seating and lighting.

Bespoke, complex seating for Thomas More Square, London

Furnitubes International Ltd

BDP approached Furnitubes with a concept seating design for the redevelopment of Thomas More Square. The designs were characterised by a complex arrangement of intersecting angled planes to fit into dedicated alcoves in the raised planters. From this concept Furnitubes designers developed the complex geometry by 3d modelling each of the 6 unique seating structures, and a complementary large scale wall-top platform. Seating was used in mirrored pairs either side of the main walkway and included flat benches, and seats with single plane and compound angle backrests, all custom-designed and made to fit the challenging levels of the site.

Royal Albert Hall - Fixed and Removable Auditorium Seating

Audience Systems Ltd

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."

Gabion seat platforms for Begbroke Science Park, Oxford

Furnitubes International Ltd

Begbroke Innovation Centre - the new multi-use building at Begbroke Science Park will help small and medium-sized science businesses take their projects to market, and provide facilities for researchers from the University. The open space outside the new building comprises of a number of straight and curved gabion walls, which on their own do not provide any suitable seating for users. Furnitubes supplied a number of Lapa gabion seat and bench platforms for the new building, which were installed on the gabion walls outside the facility offering new comfortable seating provision for everyone.

Economic seating - new sports centre, Essex University

Furnitubes International Ltd

The new sports centre in Colchester provides top class facilities for both high level performance athletes as well as recreational users from the university. Aggregate-filled gabion mesh baskets define the borders between the soft and hard landscape areas to protect the planting and to also provide informal seating walls. Gabions themselves can be uncomfortable to sit on, but with the addition of Furnitubes’ Lapa benches they provide an economic seating solution used to provide short term perch seating for people meeting before using the sports centre facilities, or a place to briefly rest afterwards.

Hill House School Staging and Demountable Seating

CPS Manufacturing Co LLP

Private school, Hill House School in Doncaster requested two staging systems from CPS. One stage was used as the performance stage with a full curtain, lighting and sound system as well as cost-effective black Alu Rapid staging platforms. The other stage was to be used as demountable tiered spectator seating including carpeted Alu Rapid platforms to reduce audience noise levels and handrails on each side.

New seating for neighbourhood at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Furnitubes International Ltd

Chobham Manor is one of five new neighbourhoods being built at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Straford, east London. The chosen seating for the scheme was Furnitubes’ municipal-styled Newstead range. Project architects MUF Architecture / Art did though put their own unique twist on the designs, including some exceptionally high backrests that straddle the boundary fence to provide low level child-friendly seating on the play area side. On the street, the seating is more conventional, generally arranged in linear groups to encourage social interaction and placed to take advantage of attractive vistas across the development.

Vibrant, contemporary seating for popular seaside location

Furnitubes International Ltd

Princes Park in Eastbourne, Sussex - a popular site that is well used by both the local community and visitors alike. Contemporary in style, the area comprises a large open space with sloping banks of planting and low level concrete and gabion retaining walls. Furnitubes’ Elements benches with plate end supports perfectly complement the contemporary style of the site, with the steel supports painted in an acidic yellow-green to provide colour accents similar to those found in the new ornamental grass planting alongside. The linearity of the hardwood slats work well in this seaside location, providing comfortable seating surfaces for all.

Planter wall-top seating for London public space

Furnitubes International Ltd

New public space located in Rayners Lane, Harrow required the addition of a number of Furnitubes’ Lapa benches with a timber-slatted seating surface the benches are much more inviting to sit on. Following detailed site measurements taken by Furnitubes of the as-built walls we were able to determine the most suitable platform module depth and length so that all modules supplied could be common. In total, 29 no. 1500mm long benches were fitted to the two angular planters, providing seating capacity for nearly 90 people.

Unique seating developed for High Street improvement scheme

Furnitubes International Ltd

As part of the Lincoln High Street improvement scheme Lincolnshire County Council required seating with a significant visual presence to be used as part of traffic-calming measures as well as providing useful short term seating for shoppers. Furnitubes’ in-house designers developed a unique circular bench for the scheme. The steelwork was supplied in a hardwearing corten effect nylon coating, with the iroko hardwood slats in a finish coat to maintain good long term colouration. Overall the scheme has provided this section of Lincoln High Street with a new lease of life.

Curved seating enhances school extension project

Furnitubes International Ltd

Ibstock Junior School is located in north Leicestershire. In recent years there has been a rise in the number of pupil intakes due to the amount of new housing development in the local area. Leicestershire County Council granted planning permission for an extension of the existing school to increase pupil capacity. The development comprises bright, energy efficient, modern teaching spaces. Furnitubes’ RailRoad Edge family was chosen as the external seating for the scheme, offering the opportunity for straight and curved configurations to suit the confined spaces available and designed to encourage social interaction amongst the pupils.

Planters and integrated seats enhance station forecourt

Furnitubes International Ltd

The station forecourt has more recently undergone further works as part of a £700k scheme designed to improve links to the town centre, to help increase footfall and encourage more people to use rail links in the area. Hard surfaces predominate on the forecourt, with little opportunity for any in-ground planting beds. Norfolk County Council’s landscape architects chose RailRoad planters to introduce some welcome greenery to the area, combined with integrated Delta form seating modules to encourage use of the outside space as a meeting point and rest area for people awaiting train arrivals and departures.

Corten effect seating and planters for independent boarding school

Furnitubes International Ltd

Downe House is an independent girls' day and boarding school near Newbury, Berkshire. Furnitubes has supplied new furnishings to complement the new learning piazza. Bespoke steel planters define the boundaries and create a sense of enclosure and Elements seating offers both staff and pupils an attractive place to sit and relax. All steelwork was supplied in a corten effect PPC finish to complement the window frames on the Learning Centre and seating timbers were treated with a UV protective finish so that they maintain good colouration for as long as possible on this very sunny site.

Bespoke RailRoad benches provide flexible seating system

Furnitubes International Ltd

The Excelsior Building is a new addition to the impressive Haberdashers’ Aske’s School campus in Borehamwood. The courtyard comprises planted beds, with social spaces and pathways in a mix of resin-bound gravels and synthetic grass surfaces. To allow pupils to enjoy this new outdoor space a seating system was required that was sufficiently flexible, and RailRoad was the ideal choice. Over 60 linear metres of the Delta version from the RailRoad range was supplied, creating 4 long curvi-linear seating runs and also some shorter independent straight units, together with purpose-made steel planters.

Co-ordinated corten external seating for North Portsea Island

Furnitubes International Ltd

The North Portsea Island Scheme involves the replacement of 8.4km of coastline protection of low-lying land in the City of Portsmouth. Several different forms of seating were required for the project including conventional seats and benches, picnic tables and loungers, in both relaxed and upright forms. Furnitubes’ Elements seating range was chosen for the basic seating, with other bespoke products designed to complement. For the aggressive weathering conditions at this marine location, all steelwork was hot dip galvanised and polyester powder coated in a corten effect finish, with anti-graffiti coating applied to meet the expected tough demands of the area.

EXEC Demountable Staging For Spectator Seating

CPS Manufacturing Co LLP

Events centre EXEC in Peterborough requested a demountable spectator grandstand for their events. CPS Manufacturing installed a demountable tiered stage for the spectators. CPS installed 80 Alu Rapid platforms as well as handrails. The staging platforms are waterproof and anti-slip. As the stage needed no sway bracing, it will be easier to assemble and demount the grandstand when required.

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

Audience Systems Ltd

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

RailRoad seating & planters perfect solution for Westquay Shopping Centre

Furnitubes International Ltd

Westquay is an 800,000 square feet shopping centre spread over four levels and containing 150 retail units and restaurants. Furnitubes’ RailRoad range suited this site perfectly, allowing seating and planter modules to be joined and therefore be sufficiently heavy and stable to be used freestanding (so avoiding the need for intrusive foundations). Seating has been provided for up to 20 people, and 12 new planters introduce greenery to this previously somewhat austere building facade, creating an attractive setting for Westquay visitors to stop, rest for a moment and enjoy the outdoors on their walk between the car park and shopping centre.

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