The Wellington Orbit centre has been completely transformed with the help of Ferco Seating. The site now provides an arthouse cinema, eatery and arts centre for the whole community. Wellington Town Council chose to use its £150,000 Telford 50 Legacy Fund grant to support this worthy project.
Work began in 2018, with local building firm McPhillips taking on the two phase project. The first phase created the cinema and eatery on the ground floor and phase two will add an art gallery space, a dance/drama studio and meeting rooms for events and art courses on the upper floors.
Following a piece in the Shropshire Star featuring their latest seating projects, Ferco was engaged to design, manufacture and install 63 new seats in the cinema.
“This is perhaps the most exciting community led project in Wellington’s recent history and will benefit generations to come – a great legacy of Telford’s 50th anniversary,” commented Councillor Cindy Mason-Morris, mayor of Wellington.
Ferco’s Managing Director, Michael Burnett remarked that the Atcham based company is “delighted to be involved in another Shropshire-based project”. He added: “We are used to providing luxury seating for iconic buildings all over the world but there is something really special about getting involved in a project in your own community.”
The Wellington Orbit project leaders chose the versatile 588 from Ferco’s Paragon range. Supremely comfortable, with bespoke stitching, it has a drinks table on each armrest perfect for a glass of prosecco or a cup of tea served from the café, which is licensed.
Ferco also provided seating for Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn, Wrekin College, RAF Cosford and last summer installed the popular RailSeat in Shrewsbury Town’s ‘safe standing’ area.
Moreover, the company has provided seats for projects as diverse as the London 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre, all seating at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, VIP seats at Headingley Cricket Ground, theatres in the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, corporate auditoriums at the headquarters of IBM and Lenovo and lecture theatres in high profile Universities all over the world.
Ferco Seating designs, manufactures and installs bespoke fixed seating solutions for cinemas, auditoriums, stadiums and arenas and educational institutions.