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June 2016

It’s not every day you take a call from a member of the management team at Westminster Abbey who explains that the Abbey is starting the search for a chair to replace over two thousands seats.

When Chart Area Seating took that call in May 2014 we were both thrilled and acutely aware of the responsibility that comes with working to find the right seating solution for an iconic venue, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most recognisable buildings in the world which welcomes over one million visitors every year.
Westminster Abbey is a working church holding daily services and alongside this hosts an incredibly diverse range of events and concerts in an ever-evolving roster of activities. From Royal weddings and coronations to services of remembrance to fashion shows - 2016, for the first time in its history the Abbey hosted a fashion show when Gucci presented its 2016 Cruise collection there -  Westminster Abbey has balanced tradition and heritage with a willingness to open its doors and welcome an incredibly diverse range of visitors.
As such the Abbey required a chair which could meet these constantly changing demands.
The chair needed to be:

Robust and durable to cope with the frequent moves, setting-out and clearing (several hundred chairs are set out and then cleared every day)
Stackable with a high density capability as there is no off-site storage available to the Abbey so all chairs are stowed inside the Abbey
Sympathetic to its unique and world-famous surroundings which are regularly shown on televised events broadcast across the globe
Comfortable for services and concerts which can often last for several hours
Unique reflecting the Abbey’s global status

We were immediately confident that our valued and long-standing supply partners Casala were the right manufacturer to work with on this extraordinary project.
We have worked alongside Casala’s talented design and production departments and for eighteen months we have worked closely with Westminster Abbey from the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall to the Visitor Experience department, the porterage team and the restoration experts and Surveyor of the Fabric.
From the first day we have seen incredible engagement from all at Westminster Abbey who have guided us on their requirements.
This has been reflected throughout by the commitment of all at Casala who have made ceaseless efforts to deliver a unique solution befitting this amazing space.
Basing our proposal on Casala’s proven Curvy chair we then re-worked this model to incorporate the special elements required by the Abbey.

Our special version of the chair included:

A special oak stained veneer to complement the unique space
Special acoustic treatments including rubber bumpers to the frame as well as between the frame and the seat and felt pads to the underside of the seat – these measures are designed to reduce noise both during setting-out and stowing of the chairs and while in use
The Westminster Abbey shield has been laser-engraved into the backrest of all 2,200 chairs providing a subtle but indelible link between the chair and the Abbey’s history
Casala’s unique Zifra seat identification system which uses e-ink to allow the user to display various symbols and characters on a display cell elegantly sunk into the timber backrest.  The Zifra system was further customised for the Abbey to provide a greater breadth of characters, symbols and titles reflecting the incredible range of visitors and attendees who will use the chairs throughout their working life in Westminster Abbey
A completely re-designed transport dolly with capacity for three stacks of chairs allowing the Abbey’s staff to move 90 chairs into position in a single journey.  The special transport dolly wheels were equipped with low-noise bearings and soft grip tyres to protect the centuries old Abbey floor
Each transport dolly has been supplied with a fabric cover bearing an embroidered  Westminster Abbey shield ensuring that the chairs blend into their surroundings when not in use to minimise their visual impact as visitors tour the building

On 27th May we delivered 2,200 bespoke chairs to Westminster Abbey along with 21 uniquely designed transport dollies each capable of holding three stacks of chairs and the service agreement will ensure that these chairs will serve the Abbey for the next twenty years and beyond.
We would like to thank all involved for their tireless efforts and Westminster Abbey for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

About Casala and Chart Area Seating

Westminster Abbey is the latest project collaboration between CAS and Casala who share our passion for quality, design and the highest level of customer service.
In 2015 we delivered 900 customised Casala Curvy chairs to Hampton School in West London and this followed a successful project to supply Sherborne International School in Dorset with over 230 Curvy chairs for the school’s beautiful new multi-purpose Greenfield Hall.

We look forward to working with Casala in the future to provide more design-led seating solutions to wonderful clients across the UK.

Click here to read Casala's Press Release detailing their side of this extraordinary story!

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thank you to Casala's brilliant photography team for these stunning images of the chairs in situ at Westminster Abbey

 

Click here to view a case study relating to a project involving the CAS_CAS_CURV chair provided to a prestigious international college in Dorset, UK

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Click here to view a case study relating to a project involving the CAS_CAS_CURV chair provided to an academic institution in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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  Click here to view a case study relating to a project to supply one of the UK's leading independent schools in West London with CAS_CAS_CURV chairs
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We are proud to have supplied seating to the following academic institutions:

Bath University, Wiltshire

Bolton Institute, Lancashire

Bournemouth University, Dorset

Brighton College, Sussex

Imperial College London

Liverpool University, Cheshire

London School of Economics

Manchester University, Lancashire

Mid Kent College, Kent

Plymouth University, Devon

Queens University, Belfast

Swindon College, Wiltshire

University College London

University of Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

 

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We are proud to have supplied seating to the following courtrooms:

Alloa Sheriff Court, Scotland

Antrim Courts, N. Ireland

Aylesbury Magistrates Court, Buckinghamshire

Barking Magistrates Court, London

Barry Magistrates Court, Wales

Bedford Magistrates Court, Bedfordshire

Beverley Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Birmingham Magistrates Court, Midlands

Blackfriars Crown Court, London

Bodmin Courts, Cornwall

Bradford Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Brecon Magistrates Court, Wales

Bridlington Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Brighton Magistrates Court, East Sussex

Burton Magistrates Court, West Midlands

Bury Magistrates Court, Lancashire

Bury St Edmonds Magistrates Court, Suffolk

Calderdale Magistrates Court, Scotland

Camberwell Magistrates Court, London

Cambridge County Court, Cams

Cannock Magistrates Court, Staffordshire

Canterbury Magistrates Court, Kent

Caernarfon Magistrates Court, Wales

Cardiff Magistrates Court, Cardiff

Cardiff Crown Court, Cardiff

Chelmsford Magistrates Court, Essex

Cheshunt Magistrates Court, Herts

Colchester Magistrates Court, Essex

Coventry Magistrates Court, West Midlands

Croydon Magistrates Court, Surrey

Dublin Courts, Ireland

Dudley Magistrates Court, West Midlands

Dumbarton Sheriff Court, Scotland

Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Scotland

Edinburgh Courts, Scotland

Elgin Courts, Scotland

Falkirk Courts, Scotland

Feltham Magistrates Court, London

Gee Street County Court, London

Grays Magistrates Court, Essex

Greenock Courts, Scotland

Greenwich Magistrates Court, London

Grimsby Magistrates Court, Humberside

Haddington Sheriff Court, Scotland

Halesowen Magistrates Court, West Midlands

Hamilton Court, Scotland

Haringey Magistrates Court, London

Hartlepool Courts, Yorkshire

Hemel Hempstead Magistrates Court, Herts

Hendon Magistrates Court, London

Hereford Magistrates Court, Worcs

High Wycombe Magistrates Court, Buckinghamshire

Highbury Youth Court, London

Highbury Magistrates Court, London

Hull Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Humberside Courts, Humberside

Huntingdon Magistrates Court, Cams

Inverness Court, Scotland

Ipswich Magistrates Court, Suffolk

Isleworth Magistrates Court, Middlesex

Kidderminster Magistrates Court, Worcs

Kingston Crown Courts, Surrey

Leamington Courts, Warwickshire

Lincoln Court, Lincolnshire

Lowestoft Magistrates Court, Suffolk

Luton Magistrates Court, Bedfordshire

Margate Magistrates Court, Kent

Mildenhall Magistrates Court, Suffolk

Newark Magistrates Court, Nottinghamshire

Newry Courts Complex, N. Ireland

Northallerton Courts, Derbyshire

Northampton Magistrates Court, Northants

Nuneaton Courts, Leicestershire

Paisley Sheriff Court, Scotland

Peterborough Magistrates Court, Cambs

Pickering Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Port Talbot Magistrates Court, Wales

Portsmouth Coroners Court, Hampshire

Portsmouth Magistrates Court, Hampshire

Redditch Magistrates Court, Hereford & Worcs

Reading Court, Berkshire

Salisbury Courts, Wiltshire

Scarborough Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Selby Magistrates Court, Yorkshire

Shrewsbury Crown Courts, Shropshire

Southwark Coroners Court, London

Southwark Crown Courts, London

St Albans Magistrates Court, Herts

Stafford Magistrates Court, Staffordshire

Stirling Courts, Scotland

Stoke Magistrates Court, Staffordshire

Stratford Magistrates Court, London

Sudbury Magistrates Court, Suffolk

Swaffham Magistrates Court, Norfolk

Tamworth Magistrates Court, Staffs

Thames Magistrates Court, London

Thetford Magistrates Court, Norfolk

Uxbridge Magistrates Court, Middlesex

Victoria Magistrates Court, West Midlands

Wakefield Court, Yorkshire

Wellingborough Magistrates Court, Northants

Welshpool Magistrates Court, Wales

West Lothian Courts, Scotland

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We are proud to have supplied seating to the following organisations:

Army School of Recruiting, Dorset

Aylesbury Leisure Centre, Buckinghamshire

Benefits Agency, London

Brighton Hospital, Brighton

Christies Hospital, Manchester

Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh

Essex Fire and Rescue HQ, Essex

Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey

Greenwich Maritime Museum, London

Horsham Leisure Centre, Sussex

Manchester Pools, Lancashire

Yamazaki Mazak UK, Worcestershire

Natural History Museum, London

Pembroke County Council, Wales

Price Waterhouse Coopers, London

Royal College of Pathologists, London

Russell Hall Hospital, West Midlands

TA Centre, London

Tower of London, London

Vidal Sassoon, London

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Chart Area Seating - specialists in lecture theatre seating, high-density seating for conference, seminar and lecture facilities, function rooms and banqueting

At Chart Area Seating we specialise in the specification, supply and delivery of system seating solutions including high-density stacking chairs, tip-up and fixed seating for auditoria and lecture theatres, beam and pedestal mounted seating, home cinema seating, courtroom seating, airport, concourse and waiting area seating.

These seating products are used in seminar and conference facilities, in waiting areas and on concourses, in auditoria, theatres and training rooms. Working with some of the best-established and innovative manufacturers we listen to our clients, understand their requirements and propose the right solutions tailor-made to suit their needs.

We provide technical support and product guidance on this specialised product sector to architects and designers, end-users and specifiers.

Lecture Theatre Seating

Lecture Theatre and Auditorium Seating is one of the key areas for Chart Area Seating and we are proud to have installed tip-up and fixed seating in some of the UK's most prestigious academic and corporate institutions working with our clients at every stage of the design, specification and installation process to create superb lecture theatre facilities.

Our portfolio incorporates an extensive range of beam, pedestal and floor mounted seating products which ensures we can propose the best lecture theatre seating solution to match your specific and unique requirements. View our range of lecture theatre seating here and view our gallery of lecture theatre seating products.

We have prepared a guide to planning an effective lecture theatre which is available to read here.

We have also compiled a list of some of the most important elements of an effective lecture theatre seating environment as nominated by those who use them most; students, and this is available to read here.

Visit our references page to view the list of clients we have worked with to create effective lecture theatres.

Court Room Seating Furniture

We are proud to have installed Court Room Seating to over 100 court houses and complexes throughout the UK. Our references page lists some of the courtrooms using seating provided by Chart Area Seating, alternatively please contact us and we will be delighted to send you the full reference list and presentation.