English School, Kuwait


To supply a Retractable Seating System that would provide the school with the utmost flexibility and enable them to host an array of different events.


Hussey Seatway were selected to design and manufacture a Retractable Seating unit for the school. The Retractable Seating solution consists of a 16m wide, 16-row high travelling bank, accommodating 380 seat places. The travelling feature enables the operator to move the entire bank of seating up and down the hall and to set it in the desired position specific to each performance requirement. With the seating unit having a closed depth of only 1.3m, the large open flat space can be transformed into a fully seated auditorium in minutes by setting the unit. Self-storing side rails were provided to speed up further the setting / striking time of the system.

The chairs chosen by the School were the Integra T2. The chairs which feature a slim closed envelope that results in wide and therefore very safe access along each row, coupled with plastic protective panels to the underside of the seat pan and rear surface of the backrest for durability purposes, were the key credentials in the schools’ decision-making process.

The overall project experienced various design alterations, however, at all times the team at Hussey Seatway were on hand to ensure the correct seating solution was provided. The installed seating system is of great envy to other educational establishments in the region as well as being a showcase installation in the Middle East for Hussey Seatway to build future business.



Platform: Seatway TP

Seats: Centura


“We are delighted with the new seating system. Since its first use in December 2010 it has impressed all who have seen and used it. It just adds that little something special to our new Performing Arts Centre. It still amazes me that we can have 380 seats collapse so neatly into such a small space and so quickly.

The pupils are happy that they are sitting on comfortable seats, the parents are pleased that they have great line of sight to see their children on stage and the staff love the flexibility it gives them in using the PAC with the system partially open, fully open, travelled etc. Our maintenance staff are also far happier now that they only have to flip the banks of chairs up and down, much simpler than having to move the equivalent number of stackable chairs in and out of the store room.

I would also like to thank you and your team for the professional manner in which our project was handled. From the initial enquiry, our regular phone conversations, the preparation of design layouts (and numerous alterations), right through to installation and handover, everyone we had dealings with were a credit to Hussey Seatway”.

Derek Boak