Stop… Collaborate… and Listen!

Race Furniture’s award-winning collaborative seating solution for lecture theatres and other educational environments.

Created in collaboration with Burwell Architects and Loughborough University, Connect allows teachers to circulate freely and interact with students and is great for group working. Connect can be fully customised and we offer a full space plan and layout service ensuring that your new space meets the optimum needs for students and lecturers alike.

A first-of-its-kind in collaborative educational seating.

Create educational environments of distinction with Connect. It allows for development of pedagogies, more interaction between student and teacher, and more interaction between students. This in turn has been proved to lead to greater student engagement and satisfaction (leading to improved grades).

Remember, these product models are for your reference only. We provide bespoke seating solutions, so while we use these models to form the basis of the seat, they are completely customised to suit your requirements and 100% unique to you.

Race Furniture’s award-winning collaborative seating solution for lecture theatres and other educational environments.

Features and benefits

  • Bespoke seat dimensions
  • Wide choice of finishes , upholstery, and show wood styles
  • Variable configurations
  • Integrated cable management, power and data, and AV
  • Typically, seats are all FSC approved, and contain 80%+ recycled steel content


  • Fully customisable to client requirement


  • Wide choice of finishes
  • Upholstered seats and backs
  • High pressure laminate (HPL) seats and backs
  • Natural solid-woods or natural veneers seats and backs
  • Powder coated frame finish


  • Wood – Birch plywood seats and back
  • Polyurethane upholstery foam (CMHR) seats and back
  • Steel – mild steel frame

Fire Performance

  • Bespoke Specification Fire testing available upon request
  • All Fabrics conform to BS 5852:2006 Clause 12.  Ignition Source 5 (Crib 5): Medium Hazard
  • All Polyurethane Foams are: Combustion Modified High Resilience (CMHR)


These dimensions are for your guidance only. We create bespoke seating based on the product ‘models’ we show here, therefore all dimensions are fully customisable as per your requirements. 

  • Seat height – 460mm
  • Row Spacing – Determined from seating layout and constrained by the requirements of: BS 9999:2017 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management & Anthropometric data for the target user group
  • Nominal Height – 840mm
  • Nominal Length – 1010mm bench and table
  • Width – from 1780mm


  • Three seat place ‘L Shape’
  • Four seat place ‘L Shape’
  • Five seat place ‘L Shape’
  • Four seat place ‘Alcove’
  • Five seat place ‘Alcove’

Integral Accessories

  • Integrated power and data
  • Seat and aisle signage
  • DDA tip-up space provision
  • Freestanding tables

We can integrate any accessory, from any supplier, as per your requirements. 


  • Removeable seats for wheelchair space and DDA compliant tables


Race Furniture’s products can be disassembled with standard tools thereby allowing reuse, refurbishment, repair, and recycling of components. Typically, our seats are all FSc approved, and contain 80%+ recycled steel content. For further guidance on our sustainability procedures and certifications please reference our Sustainability Manual.


A group of people using laptops in a conference room full of work booths

Designed in collaboration with Burwell Architects and Loughborough University

Connect Renders by Race Furniture
Connect Drawings by Race Furniture
Renders of Connect by Race Furniture

If you would like to see Connect in your next project you can submit an enquiry to the Race Furniture team and one of our expert project managers will get back to you.

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Testimonial: Loughborough University
A large lecture hall with lecture hall seating

Testimonial: Loughborough University

“We are really enjoying working in the building…

Feedback from students, staff, and visitors has been spectacularly positive.”

Professor Tony Hodgson, Dean of Loughborough University Design School

Testimonial: University of Leeds

“The collaborative spaces, with desk-based technology which is innovative…

enables students to work collaboratively through digital means and enriches their learning experiences.”

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning, University of Leeds

A large lecture hall with lecture hall seating filled with students

Testimonial: Loughborough University

“The layout enables students to be engaged in a more effective way…

the creation of this style of space has positively challenged the way we teach”

Dr Julie Holland, Director of the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education @ Loughborough University

University of Leeds Dental Lecture Theatre Connect Seating by Race Furniture

Testimonial: University of Leeds

“We need more lecture theatres like this!”…

“Great for group work” … “It is much better and comfier”

Student Feedback from University of Leeds Student Satisfaction Survey 2017.