Westminster Abbey is known worldwide as one of the most important buildings in the UK. Since the 11th century Westminster Abbey has been the scene of royal coronations, weddings and funerals.
Westminster Abbey were looking for a functional chair that also fitted in perfectly with the aesthetics, architecture and atmosphere of the Abbey. This was an excellent opportunity for Casala to develop a customised chair that perfectly met their expectations. Working closely alongside the Abbey at every stage of the chairs development, Casala were able to assure Westminster Abbey of their ability to deliver a unique and custom-made solution which met the broad set of criteria.
Alex Grogut, Country manager of Casala UK & Ireland: “ The Abbey required a very special chair. We had to make sure the specifications were perfect for them, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. It’s a big change for the abbey, but it has really enhanced the building and the members of staff are delighted with the results.” Casala delivered 2.200 new seats and 21 transport dollies.
The Westminster Abbey chair is based on Casala’s Curvy chair. Customised options and features were added and modified to meet the Abbey’s requirements. The seat and backrest are made in oak veneer, stained with a predetermined colour that is candlewax resistant. Casala’s numbering and identification system Zifra is incorporated on the inside of the backrest.
The outside of the backrest is engraved with the Westminster Abbey crest. Subtle bump rubbers on both sides of the frame and sound-stack protection mounted on the underside of the seat reduce sound during set up, storage and stacking procedures as well as when they are in use during services and ceremonies.
Alex Grogut – Country Manager Casala UK & Ireland
The transport dolly has a storage capacity of 90 chairs. Due to the heavy weight in combination with the uneven floor, castors with a large diameter help to move the transport dolly easily. The castors are fitted with low-noise bearings and soft grip to protect the floor. The dollies have soft bumpers on all sides and each dolly is equipped with a cover, to protect the chairs against dust and other external influences.
“The Abbey is a very special building and required a very special chair. We had to make sure the specifications were perfect for them, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.”
Alex Grogut, Country Manager Casala UK & Ireland