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  • Introduction
  • Retractable seating systems (sometimes referred to as "telescopic seating", "tribunes" or "bleachers") are tiers of seating that fold away into a space the depth of a single row. Perfect for multipurpose spaces where the seating is not always required, they can be designed to be stored in situ or in a separate location. Audience Systems are a world leader for retractable seating systems, with nearly 40 years' experience working closely with end users, architects and contractors.

    Famously Reliable

    Our Telescopic Platform System is widely regarded as the most robust and low maintenance on the market. With many of our systems having been in place for 15 years or more, the following features help to ensure the system's reliability and low lifetime cost:
    • Designed and manufactured to meet British / European (BS EN) / international standards as required
    • Unique steel alignment technology to prevent row jamming
    • Exceptionally durable, automatic row locking system to hold the system firmly and safely in place once open
    • Bolted structure for ongoing reliability - the system can be adjusted annually  to compensate for changes in the floor etc
    • Suite of options for operation and movement, including wireless operation

    Further Product Benefits

    • 10 year guarantee on the telescopic understructure
    • Choice of chairs (Espace, Accolade and Zenith) conforming to level 4 (the highest level) of the strength standard EN 12727:2000
    • Unique dedicated after sales and servicing team providing annual servicing and 24 hour assistance
    For a guide to allowable dimensions for TX, as well as a table to calculate the seating capacity of your venue, please click here.


  • Options and Extras
  • Platform Types


    Audience Systems' fixed retractable system is ideal for installations where the unit will only ever need to be anchored into one position. Simple and easy to use, the unit can be opened at a moment's notice.


    Our recessed system is designed to be neatly stowed in an alcove or under a balcony. It's ideal for creating a flush finish for a stored bleacher in a sports venue, or for integrating retractable auditorium seating with balcony seating above. When retracted, optional fascias provide a neat and tidy appearance and offer extra protection to the unit.


    Our mobile Telescopic Platform System provides the perfect solution for venues where truly multipurpose seating is required. Once closed, hydraulic trucks or forklifts can be used to move the unit to its storage location. A series of units can be configured into alternative layouts allowing you to change the dynamics of your venue, depending on your audiences' requirements.


    Once retracted, our travelling TX Telescopic Platform System can be driven forwards or backwards to its storage location. The system's simple automatic push button control makes moving the unit effortless, fast and efficient.


    Double Row Depth


    Our double row depth option is ideal where a low ceiling or balcony restricts the number of rows that can be accommodated. As the name suggests, each platform accommodates two rows of seating.


    Retraction Options 

    Units can be retracted using integrated motors, controlled using a detachable push-button pendant. Alternatively, the tribunes can be retracted using a separately supplied "power truck". Smaller  can be pulled in and out manually using 2 pull handles.

    Chair Fold-Down Options

    Chairs can be set to fold down automatically as the platforms retract, or can be manually folded down in groups prior to retraction.


    Fascia Panels


    Fascia panels are available in a variety of attractive finishes including beech veneer and painted. When the system is retracted they provide a neat and tidy appearance and offer extra protection to the unit. When the tribune is open, the section spanning the aisle simply slides out to create a clear walkway.

    Deck Options

    Phenolic non-slip deck flooring - a popular material for use in sports venues and arenas, this material is easy to clean and durable.

    Heavy duty carpet - available in a wide range of colours to complement the interior of your venue.

    Removable Drapes and Panels


    Our removable drapes and panels can be fitted to the front, rear and/or side of the system to hide its under structure and prevent unwanted access.

    Aisle Illumination

    Aisle Lights

    Work off a low voltage power supply which makes them cost effective and easy to run. They have an optional battery backup which is activated in the case of power failure.

    LED Nosing

    An effective and elegant waymarking solution. Our LED nosing works off a low voltage power supply and has an optional battery backup which is activated in the case of power failure.

    Safety Railings


    Our comprehensive range of rails has been designed to suit most requirements, however bespoke options are available on request. As standard, we offer timber, steel tube or perforated steel designs.

    Our rails can be fixed to the telescopic system in a number of ways:

    • Removable rails - simply lift from the telescopic system and can be stored in a separate location
    • Folding rails - fold directly onto the system's aisle before retraction
    • Self storing rails - stay on the unit as it retracts, stacking effortlessly to the side of the platforms. 
  • Seating
  • Recital

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    Espace 628

    This classic chair is ingeniously designed to create a sleek and compact closed profile -...

    Espace 628 High Back

    A stylish and comfortable auditorium chair suitable for retractable, fixed or removable...

    Espace 628CC

    A versatile, luxurious version of our classic Espace 628 model, this elegant chair is suitable...

    Espace 628T

    The Espace 628T is ideal for conference and lecture spaces, seminar rooms and multipurpose...

    Campus Fold Down

    A fast and flexible system allowing a traditional lecture theatre to be "packed away...


    Designed to meet the needs of schools, studio theatres and arena environments, Crescent is...


    The Accolade’s tough credentials make it a popular choice for demanding environments...

    Studio 2

    The Studio 2 is a fully upholstered chair which offers maximum comfort at a competitive price...


    Ergonomically designed for comfort, this popular, tough, plastic chair suits sporting venues,...


    An exceptionally durable spring tip plastic chair for sporting or concert environments. It is...


    This stylish sports seat's rail mounted design allows fast installation and infinitely...


    A wide range of benches for retractable platforms, including timber, upholstered and plastic...