Feasibility study and bespoke seating unit design resulting in vastly improved turnaround times and programming flexibility for a world class performance venue.
The Roundhouse in Camden, north London is a renowned and respected venue for music, circus and theatre. Following their work on the building’s restoration in 2006, Charcoalblue were invited back to conduct a feasibility study on replacing the seating seating systems within the venue.
As a result of this study, an new innovative retractable seating system was designed and installed in collaboration with Hussey Seatway. The new system reduces turnaround times between seating configurations from 4 days to just 4 hours.
The balcony level is an important part of the venue's commercial strategy. It is used as a self-contained area for corporate hires in flat floor mode; as a standing audience area for gigs; and as a seating area linked to both standing and seated events in the main auditorium.
The new balcony seating system is created from 24 retractable seating units and peripherals that are deployed around the balcony to create a 180-degree audience zone of 506 seats for concerts & theatrical shows. When retracted for storage, the units can be moved on their integral wheels to the opposite end of the balcony, leaving a large clear area for functions and other hires of the balcony space. On occasions where the entire 360-degree balcony is required for specific event, the units can be forklifted from the circle to the floor level, and stored within the main auditorium or in external storage containers outside the building.
Location: Camden, London, UK
Type: retractable seating; multipurpose venue; concert venue; theatre
Team: Charcoalblue, Hussey Seatway
Status: Phase One Completed; Phase Two Ongoing