Riverside Studios

Running to Race for the perfect solution

The Challenge: Create a seat that allowed for intimate and ‘close-up’ performance while still allowing for a large capacity to maximise production value.

The Details

Seating Solution: Stanway (with and without arms)

Client: Riverside Studios

Services Utilised: Bespoke Design, Value Engineering, CMF Consultancy

Working With: Margolis Furniture

Capacity: 500

Riverside Studios…

…undertook a huge 5-year renovation, with the aim to transform the historic building, that started its life as Riverside Film studio and has seen everyone from world-famous pop icons to the mysterious timelord, Doctor Who, through it’s doors, into a state-of-the-art entertainment destination. As the project neared completion, an outstanding task was to secure seating for its flagship theatre, Studio 2. The Studio was designed to accommodate 500 patrons – making it one of the few midsize theatre spaces in London, but the seating also needed to allow the venue flexibility to arrange seating in a socially-distanced manner also. They wanted to create a space that felt intimate and “up close” while allowing for a capacity that would help to make productions financially viable.

Fun fact – the team at Riverside Studios ran, rowed and cycled 32 marathons (840 miles) in order to raise funds for their new seating!!

The Solution

Created in a bespoke width to maximise capacity, our Stanway was an easy solution for this magnificent project. The Stanway is known for its flexibility and is famously chosen by venues that are looking to use their space in a multitude of ways – it would allow Riverside studios to create intimate performance spaces, safely-distanced seating layouts and full-house sell out shows. We also provided removable seat numbers and row letters to allow for maximum flexibility along with bespoke stacking trolleys so that venue hosts could layout the space with ease and store any additional seating effectively.

The Outcome

Boasting two theatre spaces, two cinema screens and a multitude of dining options, the venue’s transformation into a full-on entertainment and culinary destination is nothing short of spectacular. The seating has played host to a number of happy audiences and has allowed the venue to use their space in a huge variety of ways.


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