As a company, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact as we source up to 70% of our raw materials locally and any waste that occurs as part of the manufacturing process is put through our shredder and briquette press which allows us to run our boiler. We have been fortunate that in our time in business, we have been able to be part of projects that share this commitment.
One project we are especially proud to be associated with is the fixed tiering and seating we provided for Jodrell Bank Council Chambers in Cheshire.
Bespoke Fixed Tier Seating
We produced 106 bespoke, individual chairs for the Jodrell Bank theatre, featuring a writing desk which retracts into the modesty panel in front of the chairs. The chairs were created especially for the project but are now included in our product range.
The seat and backs are based on an existing model but have been customized by the Observatory to meet their needs. The arms are made of veneered plywood, extending down to create a boxed end panel to divide each seat. Seat numbers have been embroidered into the top of each seat for a luxury finish.
Our work on this was part of a £16.5 million extension to the site’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) headquarters which has been partly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The council chamber will host representatives of the organisation’s member states, whilst also doubling as an auditorium for scientific conferences and public lectures.
What is the Square Kilometre Array?
This is the largest radio telescope ever seen on earth. The decision was made in 2015 to formally announce the Cheshire site as the SKA Global headquarters (and thus, the home of radio astronomy.)The Office for SKA organisation is responsible for co-ordinating the global activities of the SKA project. This includes engineering, science, site evaluation, operations and public outreach.
Environmentally Friendly Auditoria Seating
Everyone at Auditoria Services is proud to have been a part of this project, not just for the prestigious nature of the building, but also because the architects and construction teams have sought to reduce the environmental impact of the building wherever possible. Being able to work on a building which is pioneering the way to a sustainable future is a rewarding feeling for all involved. The list below outlines the main areas that have been addressed during the extension:
· Abundance of natural light due to the huge glass façade
· Every effort made to ensure ventilation, lighting & heating systems are as energy efficient as possible
· 40% target reduction in water consumption
· 25% of construction materials from recycled or reused content
· Dark sky compliant lighting
For more information on how Auditoria Services can help implement a more sustainable future in your theatre or Auditorium, contact a member of our team who can discuss your requirements at length.