Are units made in standard sizes?
All of our products are made to suit the specific requirement, all buildings are different and so are our units. Sizes are tailored to the millimetre to get the very best bespoke unit for your space.
What row risers are available?
We can tailor the row rise to suit your building and sight line requirement. Variable risers or incremental risers (to the millimetre) are designed especially to allow a unit to store below a recess and still offer access to a higher floor. Of course minimum and maximum dimensions do apply to meet building regulations but get in touch and we can advise you on this.
What row depths are available?
As with the row riser the row depths on our units are designed to suit, if you are looking for extended walking space and leg room larger treads can be provided. Conversely if you are looking to maximise the space and accommodate as many rows as possible we can minimise the row depth and offer space saving solutions. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.
What size seats are avaiable?
The size of a seat depends on many factors, where they are used, if they have arms and who is sitting in it! As all our products are designed especially to suit we have no standard seat sizes. Incremental size seats are not used, space between aisles is maximised to give the most generous “seat space” possible. As a guide chairs without arms should be no less then 450mm and chairs with arms no less than 490mm. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to offer advice for your particular project.
How many aisles are needed?
The number of aisles needed is laid out in current BS guidelines; we also use the BASES “Blue Guide” for assistance. Get in touch and we can provide copies of the “blue guide” and explanations to assist. Of course we’ll be happy to bring your layouts to life by providing CAD proposal drawings.
Can units partially open so only the number of rows required and extended?
The units can be used with any number of rows extended, if you have a small performance or recital and only need the front 2 / 3 rows extended this is inbuilt to our units as standard.
Will the floor support the weight of the unit?
We can provide point weight loading and wheel path details for each unit we propose to ensure the floor is structurally suitable to take the weights.
When required we can provide units with our unique “reverse closing” system, this allows operation of the unit on a sprung floor without the issue of concentrated loads affecting the layout of the batons below. The “closed area” below the stored footprint of the unit is strengthened meaning no “bounce” is lost in the main activity area of the floor.
Are fully automatic systems available?
We can provide a fully automatic system where the seats lift and lower as unit opens and closes. All but the front row of chairs lifts and lowers to offer greater speed of set up break down. Get in touch and we can advise on the options.
Can rear platforms be provided to match the seating unit?
Using our experience in installing fixed tiering we can provide areas to the side and rear of our retractable platforms. These are covered in the same materials and can often house additional floor fixed seating. On many occasions we have fitted these to allow provision of a sound / light control area. We have also fitted these to marry into a floor above allowing our units to store below whilst affording access to the rear of the unit. Platforms are fitted instead of concrete / steel structures and can increase flexibility and reduce cost. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss the options and share some examples of previous projects we’ve undertaken.
Do all step edges have a contrasting nosing?
On each step we provide a Gradus nosing complete with a non slip insert, these are provided to offer a LRV contrast of at least 30 to the floor finish; we believe this is essential for accommodation of ambulant disabled patrons.
What finishes are available?
We have a selection of “standard” offerings but this is not to say you don’t have the choice of anything else, we can and have used a range of suppliers from all across the globe.
Comes from the Bradbury Contracts Fabrics Flamblend range of FR Tweed with no restrictions on colour choice. We have often used multi colour layouts to create interest on the seating unit, get in touch and our in house design department will mock up a drawing.
Carpet to the decks
Chosen from Rawson’s Eurocord heavy-duty contract range, special carpets, vinyl or even timber can be used if required.
A recent addition to our facility is our new CNC / edge banding equipment, fascia panels are manufactured using mdf finished with a choice of colours from the “Egger Zoom” range of plastic laminate complete with matching edges. Please contact our sales office for samples
These are usually manufactured from black “Bolton Twill” material but special colours and thickness of drapes for extra “fullness” can be provided.
Please note that when a unit has self storing end rails, as is most often the case side drapes are mounted on glides to open and close with the unit.
All metalwork, including the understructure is powder coated “in house” to RAL 7016 anthracite grey. We are always happy to use a specially selected RAL colour to match in with your buildings colour scheme.