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Retractable Seating

Retractable seating is rows of multiple tiers of closed deck chair platforms, that store away into a closed position when the area is required to be used for other purposes.

The platforms operate on the retractable principal stacking vertically under the one above, to minimise the floor area, when not in use.

All multiple tiers are mechanically locked, operable only on the opening and cycling of the first platform row.

Each platform row, is comprised of a unitised deck component, a complete set of supportive frames and braces and such other mechanical designs as specified.

Specially designed folding seats, fit to the platform and remain stored in the closed fold down position when the retractable seating platform is in the stored position.

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Why use Retractable Seating?

Retractable seating affords the client:

  • Optimum use of the facility space
  • Multi-purpose venue use
  • Maximised savings on the capital building cost of the venue structure
  • Significant revenue potential, via multi-use applications to suit community needs
  • Variable seating options
  • Rapid set up and retrieval of the seating structure
  • Optimum viewing for patrons

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Why use Starena Retractable Seating?


The Starena Group is recognised as providing retractable seating at the high quality end of the market, with acknowledged engineering design and project management and manufactured to international standards. The company continues to penetrate worldwide markets, through an extensive International distributor network. Recognised as a world leader with over 30 years experience we work closely with end users, architects, project managers and contractors.


The secret to your venues versatility and multi-purpose use is Starena’s retractable seating.

At the flick of a switch the system glides open via an integral power system fitted to the structure. Multiple rows of seating up to 30 rows can be easily accommodated.

Alternatively our portable retractable seating systems give you even more flexibility, you can store them remotely and configure them in whatever way you choose to suit exactly the needs of your next event.

Retractable seating meets your venues needs, making your venue more productive and most importantly more profitable.

Starena retractable seating gives you the flexibility to cater for anything, from a concert, to a conference, to various sporting modes.

If your dream is to create a versatile profitable venue, Starena can help you make that dream come true. We will be there to assist you all of the way, from concept and design, through to construction and after sales service.

Our range of seating platforms, seating modules, and finishes are extensive, providing you with alternatives to suit your individual needs.

Design Compliance

The Starena retractable platform systems are designed and manufactured to meet Australasian/United States/British/European international standards as required.

Unlike other manufacturers we do not adopt a cookie cutter approach, each of our retractable platform systems are individually designed by our in house engineers and then certified by independent external engineers. We even go a step further by having Bureau Veritas act as an independent auditor for you prior to shipment of the goods.

The platform system shall be designed to support and resist in addition to their own weight the following forces:

  • Live load, platform rating -5kPa (minimum)
  • Side sway load of 36kgs per linear metre, per row
  • Front to rear sway load of 15kgs per linear metre per row
    • 74kgs per metre acting outward to top rail
    • 37kgs per linear metre acting at mid rail

Railing, posts and sockets designed to withstand the following horizontal forces applied separately:

Principal responsibilities

The procurement of telescopic stands and their use should be an integral part of the planning, management and supervision of the facility for which it is required. It is the client's responsibility to provide telescopic stands that are fit for their purpose.

A risk assessment, including a fire risk assessment of the proposed use of telescopic stands should be made. The contractor should undertake a risk assessment for all aspects of the provision of the structure.

Once the structure has been commissioned and handed over, responsibility for managing all aspects of the structure pass to the client.

The principal responsibilities of the client are to:

  • Ensure the competent persons are employed to design, install and commission the telescopic stands.
  • During the design stage, agree on the expected spectator activity.
  • Provide the contractor with necessary information.
  • Recognise the necessary regulatory requirements.
  • Appoint a competent technical adviser.

Specification of requirements

The client shall provide the contractor with a written technical specification of requirements, namely:

  • Site location and position of the telescopic stands within the facility.
  • Type of events to be held in the facility.
  • Timetable for supply of the telescopic stands.
  • Seat type and number of spectators required on the structure.
  • Site access.
  • Associated risks.

The division of responsibility should be clearly understood by all parties involved in the design, installation and management of a telescopic stand.

The responsibility for design and installation should rest with the manufacturer.

Design calculations and drawings together with the independent design check should be made available to the client.

After the telescopic stand has been commissioned and installed it shall be properly maintained so that it is fit for use at all appropiate times. The client should arrange for the recommended periodic inspections and where necessary, inform the manufacturer as to any necessary repairs or remedial measures.

The client is responsible for satisfying any regulatory conditions relating to the use of the telescopic stands.

Ready availability of documentation can assist all parties and Table A.1 provides a document checklist.

Use of Telescopic Stands

Spectators should not be admitted to the telescopic stands for its first use until the client or the client's agent, who should be a competent person, is satisfied that the structure has been properly installed and complies with the design criteria.

Spectators should not be admitted to the telescopic stands for subsequent events until the client is satisfied that the structure has been opened and set in accordance with the manufacturer instructions.

The numbers and distribution of spectators for which a grandstand has been designed should not be exceeded and consideration should be given to the access and egress arrangements. During all events a sufficient number of stewards should be present in order to safeguard spectators.

Table A.1 - Document checklist

Document Checklist

Document Prepared by


Requirements for spectator accommodation Client
Regulatory requirements Client
Technical requirements (including loading) Client


Indoor use, allowable floor loading Client
Required superimposed loading on stand Client


Evidence of competence Manufacturer
Detailed design drawings, calculations and structural limitations Manufacturer
Relevant information pertaining to standards, codes and software Manufacturer
Design risk assessment Manufacturer
Confirmation of independent design check Manufacturer


Evidence of competence Manufacturer
Manufacture records of structural components Manufacturer
Installation method statements Manufacturer
Risk assessment for installation Manufacturer
Confirmation of independent installation check Client


Completion certificate Manufacturer
User/Operational Manual Manufacturer