Rows of chairs in a church.

Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Distinctive seating for a prestigious space

The Challenge: Create a bespoke seat that is reflective of the prestige of its surroundings.

The Details

Seating Solution: Prestbury

Client: Pembroke College

Services Utilised: Bespoke Design

Working With: Charcoal Blue, Haworth Tompkins

Capacity: 160

Pembroke College…

… is a distinctive learning environment and academic community, at the heart of one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Cambridge.

Part of their extensive, exciting redevelopment plans was to convert the beautiful Emmanuel United Reform Church into a vibrant, versatile hub capable of acting as an auditorium for both lectures and performances.

The Solution

Due to the requirement for the auditorium to be flexible, the team were tasked with turning one of our traditionally ‘fixed’ seats into a loose, free-standing seat, where it could be moved if necessary but was also sturdy enough to hold its position once placed. It also needed to be ergonomically comfortable while encouraging active sitting, robust enough to withstand daily use, and aesthetically in keeping with the architecture of the building.

Sturdy and robust, our Prestbury seat was a natural fit for this project. Using our design expertise, our team were able to turn the Prestbury from a fixed solution to a loose seat by changing the fixed stanchions to two, heavy-steel feet. As the seats were to be manoeuvred on occasion, we supplied them with magnetic seat numbers and row letters to further ensure ease of manoeuvrability.

The Outcome

This completely bespoke seat was a huge success. The finish sat perfectly with its surroundings and the highly anticipated final product was delivered on-time to a very excited client.

Feedback received included that the ‘seats looking stunning in the space, and were very comfortable too’.


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