Evertaut Solar Theatre Chair

Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Case Study

Evertaut Solar Theatre Chair in the Spotlight at Constructing Excellence Awards

 

The Halls Project

Wolverhampton Civic Hall, now known as The Halls, reopened in May 2023 after undergoing a £48 million pound renovation programme. Now, the iconic venue has been Highly Commended at the West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards in the Regeneration & Retrofit category (May 2024).

 

Evertaut’s Solar Theatre Chair was selected for the project, spearheaded by industry leading construction company Willmott Dixon. Over a thousand seats were added to the three balcony areas to The Civic Hall and Wulfrun Hall, another seated auditorium space at the site. Upholstered in Agua Libra Midnight, the chair fabric is both aesthetic and hard-wearing, perfectly suited for heavy traffic auditoriums like The Halls.

 

Originally opened on Thursday 12th May 1938 by Humphry Legge, 8th Earl of Dartmouth, the refurbishment ensures the 86-year-old, grade II-listed building, remains the cultural hub for events in Wolverhampton for generations to come. BBC Midlands Today featured the Evertaut Solar Theatre Chair in all its glory on their breakfast news programme this week, shining a light on the Highly Commended venue.

 

Adapting for the Modern Audience

A complex construction schedule of works was compiled to ensure the new look venue rivalled other cultural hotspots nationwide. The ceiling height in the main space was increased to attract bigger and better shows. A state-of-the-art sound system with latest acoustic technology was installed. Critical access improvements were made for disabled visitors with new lifts and better viewing platforms added. Increasing the seating capacity of the building as well as making the seating more comfortable, was a key Council requirement – cue Evertaut and the Solar Theatre Chair.

 

Comfortable seating and increased capacity have been antithesis requirements of stadiums and arenas throughout the ages. Evertaut’s Solar Theatre Chair has been designed to meet both those needs. The robust auditorium seat is compact and comfortable, offering versatile theatre seating ideal for venues where space is at a premium but comfort and durability are essential.

 

Problems & Solutions

Quick to respond when the original contractor went into liquidation, Willmott Dixon, through their vast industry knowledge and expertise, brought the major entertainment site back to life. After years of essential works on the project, Evertaut submitted samples in the final phases of the project. Working together with the contractor to meet the brief, Evertaut visited site to carry out the initial survey.

 

A senior member from the Evertaut team discussed design options in order to plan the best layout for the seating. The meetings outlined the Council’s specific requirements. Dimensions of vital aspects such as the number and size of the tiered rows, treads and risers were taken, and it was clear both wooden and concrete metalwork designs would be required to ensure a withstanding fix.

The large scope of the project meant that we worked closely with a plethora of other contractors during a particularly strong time for the Construction Industry which saw a strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It was essential that Evertaut retained communication with all parties involved to ensure the seating vision was delivered on time, scope and budget.

 

Solar Theatre Success

All seats installed to both The Halls and Wulfrun Hall were manufactured, delivered and installed on time, scope and budget. Evertaut has a longstanding history of managing projects successfully and has never incurred any liquidated damages in its 22-year history of auditorium seating projects.

Willmott Dixon awarded Evertaut 10/10 in all areas for project delivery, product and service.

Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “This well-deserved Constructing Excellence honour comes on the back of excellent feedback during the first year of the new look Halls from artists, managers, agents, promoters and ticket holders – helping raise the city’s national and international profile.” The Halls Wolverhampton Highly Commended at Constructing Excellence Awards | City Of Wolverhampton Council

If you want to upgrade the seating at your entertainment venue or if you’re a contractor looking to procure stylish, comfortable seating on a budget, Evertaut can help. Both our seating and our service can be tailored to meet your requirements. To enquire about what Evertaut can provide for you, please complete and submit the Contact Us form.

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Evertaut Solar Theatre Chair installed at Wolverhampton Civic Hall