Millmead refurnishing: the divine is in the detail

Dave HallByDave Hall

Millmead refurnishing: the divine is in the detail

The opinions of an ancient Greek philosopher have been part of the thinking behind the refurnishing of a church in the 21st century. 

In Pythagoras’ view the number three was perfect – the number of harmonies, wisdom and understanding. It was the number of the divine.

The newly-renovated Millmead, home of Guildford Baptist Church, had been transformed by Re-Format Architects. ICS Furniture were asked to provide the new seating, with a brief to design, manufacture and install not one, but three styles of seating – suitable for a number of different uses.

Millmead, home of Guildford Baptist Church

‘The regeneration of the 500-seat auditorium, coupled with the need for an inclusive worship and community space, led to a full seating fitout of benches, flip seating in walkway and aisle areas along with stackable chairs to the front of the auditorium, providing the freedom to increase capacity when required,’ explained Gavin Duignan, managing director of ICS.

‘The stackable chairs and their trolley system allowed for neat and easy storage.

‘All items were manufactured in ash. The upholstery fabric with its deep, soft chenille quality also incorporates Aquaclean technology allowing for easy maintenance into the future.  

‘There was careful consideration of the design, protypes, fabric choices and timber by the passionate team at the church. The dedication by all involved, even during the first lockdown, never waned. We were delighted to have worked with the committee at Guildford Baptist Church.’

Duncan Stonehouse, the church’s operations manager, said: ‘It was a very innovative way of providing seating in the most convenient way. We were delighted with the result.’

ICS Church Furnishers look forward to welcoming visitors to their stand at CRE National 2021 – to talk over their winning trinity: design, manufacture and installation, creating the ‘perfect harmony’ for church seating projects.

• ICS Church Furnishers are on stand G6 at CRE National 2021

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