Chester Cathedral is a unique place with one of the most complete sets of monastic buildings in the country, a Georgian square and series of streets, the remains of the Roman barracks and the largest open green space within the Chester city walls. The cathedral has become the largest venue in Chester for orchestral performances, concerts, and charitable fundraisers, requiring flexible and comfortable hardwearing seating of the correct quality. This led to a decision to replace the older inflexible seating with new nave seating.
New nave seating in the form of the first 320 of the award-winning HOWE 40/4 chair, designed by David Rowland, were introduced in 2018 and were funded by the Friends of Chester Cathedral and supplied by Treske Ltd. They are now set out regularly for different services and events and are sometimes completely cleared from the nave.
Canon Barry Wilson of Chester Cathedral said that the HOWE 40/4 chair was chosen by the Cathedral Community because of their beautiful design and comfort and because they are light in weight, they link easily together, they allow flexibility of layout for services and events, they can very quickly be set out or removed to the storage area by just one or two vergers and they require only a small amount of storage space as each trolley takes 40 chairs in a 1200mm stacking height.