Instant success for Gallery 3 Chair

The recent introduction of our Gallery 3 chair is proving to be an instant success within the market place. Like its predecessor Gallery 2, the chair has been designed specifically for use with our theatre quality retractable platform systems. The new model features thicker, ergonomic foam on both the seat pan and backrest whilst still maintains its slim, elegant closed profile. The seat supports are now constructed from cast aluminium stanchions, improving both the aesthetics and structural strength of the chair. We have upgraded the gas strut mechanism which is now concealed within the housing of the fold down mechanism, making them less likely to sustain accidental damage. The chair has undergone rigorous safety testing and conforms to both UK and USA standard, Gallery 3 is also available for fixed and flat floor applications.

Recent projects secured with chair include a 300 seat performing arts centre for Holme Grange School, a 290 seat retractable system for the new Metropolitan Police training centre and a 320 seat theatre fit out for Twickenham community centre. 

Please contact us for further information on the product

Adapting to change - retractable seating in multipurpose spaces


With the growth in academic programming, targeted beyond the traditional subjects, schools and academies require their spaces to be multi-functional. The ability to transform rooms from raked audience seating to a dance studio or assembly space to a gym, allows educational facilities to quickly adapt their environments to offer a diverse range of learning experiences and activities to their students.

Our extensive range of multi-function retractable seating systems combine space flexibility with stylish chair, bench and seat options. Whatever the venue our seating provides the ideal solution for facilities that require adaptable flexible spaces. With easy and safe set-up and breakdown, retractable seating saves site teams time offering cost savings in man hours, the inclusion of power operated bleacher systems with semi-automatic chairs makes the process effortless.  

We are a design led company who work closely with customers to ensure specific requirements are met.


Hussey Seatway see continued success in Leisure & Sports seating market


We are delighted to announce another recent contract win to provide retractable seating for the Ellesmere Port Sport and Leisure Village scheme. The project involves a total of over 1400 bleacher seats for the main sports hall and a further 250 fixed ‘stadium style’ seats for the swimming pool.

Our Maxam retractable bleachers are chosen time after time due to the exceptional product quality combined with the value for money offered. The typical seat choice for the Maxam bleachers is the Courtside bench. This injection moulded polymer bench is hard wearing, easy to clean and ergonomically designed for optimum comfort. Available in 15 standard colours, this versatile bench seating can also be customised with team branding through our signature logo programme. The Courtside bench is the perfect choice for Sport Arena's and Leisure Centres.  

We are looking forward to working on another successful project with main contractor, Wates Construction and we will feature a case study on our website once the project is complete in Spring 2015.


Other notable installations include:

- Manor Park Sports Centre, University of Surrey

- University of Bath Sports Centre

- David Wallace Sports Centre, Loughborough

- Middlesbrough Sports Village

- Ravenscraig National Sports Centre, Scotland


Please download our brochure or call us for further information on our bleacher and retractable seating products.

Breathing new life into your seating


With the increasing demand from customers to update their auditorium and retractable seating but with restricted facility budgets, the ability to transform existing seating through refurbishment is essential.

At Hussey Seatway, we are design experts and offer comprehensive refurbishment packages to restore and adapt existing retractable or fixed seating, enabling it to perform and look like new. We understand that each customer will have unique requirements and therefore following a site visit we will create a bespoke refurbishment package.

If the existing retractable structure is in good condition then the renovation will typically include aesthetic items such as the replacement or reupholstery of the seating, the provision of new carpet, trims and fascia’s and LED aisle lights. Additionally, to reduce setting and striking times, we can also convert manual units to electrically power operated units and replace removable rails systems with integral self-storing or folding rails.

We can also renovate existing theatre seating to a new, comfortable and hard wearing standard, which, will also comply with the latest fire and strength regulations. Back and seat shapes can be re-designed to produce a more contemporary feel.

This bespoke package is available for ours and other manufacturers seating. Please contact us to see how we can breathe new life into your existing seating.

Recent and upcoming refurbishment projects include:

  • Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

  • Dorking Halls, Surrey

  • Haberdasher’s Aske’s Girls School

  • Harlequin Theatre, Redhill

  • Hertford Theatre

  • Kings College School, Wimbledon

Transforming lecture theatre’s with retractable seating from Hussey Seatway


With the increasing demand from schools, colleges and universities to maximise the use of their teaching and performance spaces we are pleased to offer a bespoke seating solution to meet these specific requirements.

Hussey Seatway retractable seating systems open and close automatically at the touch of a button, allowing a tiered lecture theatre to be transformed into a clear floor space within minutes. Our revolutionary scribe writing tablet is compatible with our Integra and Decra folding chairs and adds a further degree of flexibility to retractable seating. Specifically designed for bleacher applications, the scribe features a contemporary designed polymer folding writing ledge. The tablet features a ‘dampened’ return mechanism to ensure it returns to the stowed position in a controlled and safe fall and also an anti-panic device that automatically returns it to the closed position when the chair is vacated.

Whether you’re building a new lecture hall or refurbishing an existing classroom, our lecture seating can be tailored to suit specific design requirements. Hussey Seatway are the UK’s leading seating specialists for schools, academies, colleges, universities and further education facilities. Please download our product specification sheet for further information and contact us to see how we can develop a retractable seating solution for your facility.

Recent Installations with scribe writing tablets Include:

  • York St John University

  • Bangor University

  • University of West London

  • Birmingham City University

  • St Cuthbert’s High School

  • Royal Holloway University

Specialist seating solutions for schools: Retractable, Auditorium and Lecture


At Hussey Seatway, we understand the unique seating needs of schools, academies and education facilities and are experts at developing optimum seating solutions.

Our case studies feature many installations that we have completed for a wide variety of education facilities and highlights the vast experience we have with providing retractable, auditorium and lecture seating solutions for schools. Many schools request seating systems that will meet both the functionality required for their multipurpose spaces but also offer a unique design element to add appeal to the venue.

We recently installed a custom retractable system for Riverside School in Bromley featuring our premium upholstered Club Bench, a comfortable bench seat that offers the flexibility of tailoring the seating space for both children and adults, as required. The benches were arranged in a four colour pattern representing the colours of the school’s classes, providing both designated seating for the students and added flair to the multi-function hall.  St. Peter's School in Guildford had raised funds for their retractable seating system through the sale of sponsor plates. We were able to custom design engraved brass plates and install them to the designated requirements, offering a lasting legacy to the school's families. From incorporating the team logo on sports bench bleachers at Bath University to custom engineering tapered units to accommodate the unusual shape of the building and required seating formats at Northampton School for Girls – Hussey Seatway are the UK’s leading seating specialists for school and education facilities.

Introducing our innovative Electronic Partial Opening solution


We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new electronic partial opening feature for our TP retractable platforms. In response to demand from customers we have developed a simple to use feature that enables the operator to pre-select the number of rows they wish to open at the turn of a switch. This will greatly enhance the flexibility of retractable seating and will allow seating capacity to be varied depending on the audience requirement for each particular event, therefore maximising use of space and revenue for the facility. The feature is a step forward from traditional partial opening devices that have to be undertaken manually and that typically bring out an additional row to what is actually required. 


Library of Birmingham nominated as finalist in the 2014 Construction News Awards


We are delighted that the Library of Birmingham has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 Construction News Awards. Hussey Seatway worked with construction managers, Carillion PLC and theatre consultants, Charcoal Blue in the development of a custom retractable seating system for the studio theatre.

The library underwent a £188.8m construction renovation in 2013 with the adjoining Repertory Theatre in Centenary Square. The development created a more accessible and welcoming environment for people visiting the two cultural venues. The new 300-seat studio theatre significantly expanded the range and number of dramatic works that The REP can present.

Hussey Seatway engineered a seating solution that provided 229 seat places over eight retractable platforms with bespoke ‘row zero’ chairs featuring two stabilising wheels, allowing sections of seats to easily be removed for wheelchair access or other configurations. The custom design featured American Black Walnut veneered fascia boards to allow the closed seating system to seamlessly blend with the room’s dramatic, wood-panelled walls. Hussey Seatway also custom engineered a unique seating solution for the orchestra pit. The pit features removable seating frames that can be used elsewhere in the studio without fixings and can also be configured as an integral part of the pit lift. The added functionality of electronic partial opening allows for flexible seating arrangements, as required. The high specification Gallery Extra chairs, distinctive aisle lights and integral side rails, give the finished seating solution a true theatre feel and appealing, contemporary look.