King Edward VII College

Coalville, Leicestershire, UK171 seats

Theatre Refurbishment Project  

The theatre at King Edward VII Science and Sport College in Coalville, Leicestershire is a well-utilised multipurpose facility. It’s used throughout the year for school productions and training sessions, and is available for hire by external theatre companies and dance schools at evenings and weekends.  

The original seating was supplied and installed by Audience Systems in 2003. Although still in reasonably good condition, 14 years of service had taken its toll, and overall the theatre was starting to show signs of wear and tear.   As part of an overhaul of the theatre in 2017, the college spoke to several seating suppliers, comparing design, durability and cost, and came back to Audience Systems to give the theatre a brand new look.  

The seating replacement was carried out by our Service and Spares department, who also specialise in refurbishment projects – whether chairs need to be reupholstered or completely replaced. In this case, the fully upholstered seats were replaced with smart new Accolade chairs in a calm, contemporary colour scheme. The Accolade chairs feature wrap around plastic panels to the rear, which prolong the life of the upholstery. The college also freshened up carpets the theatre’s walls and carpets, and the finished result looks fantastic.  

The College’s Business Manager, Laura Evans said, “From start to finish the entire process was seamless, from the initial sales visit to the timely installation by extremely efficient and pleasant engineers.   The end result looks amazing and we are very proud to showcase our theatre and see people get the ‘wow’ factor as soon as they walk through the doors. I would highly recommend Audience Systems to any organisation considering a new installation or refurbishment.”