Shakespeare North: 21st Century Seating for 17th Century Building

26 June 2024

When they said it couldn’t be done, Jon Barrett, Associate here at Foreman Roberts proved that it can!

Against all odds and defying expectations, in the recent Shakespeare North Playhouse, an award-winning project, Jon delivered a design for underseat grilles that seemed downright impossible!

From concept to reality, Jon’s persistence with his idea enabled us to install 21st Century air conditioning into a 17th century timber-built Shakespeare Theatre without impacting the period features! The innovative design brings air up within the seat construction itself and supplies the air under the seats where they can’t be seen!

Take a look at the images below to see the design workings and final product and join us in applauding Jon Barrett’s amazing work!