Room Capacities

The number of people a room will comfortably accommodate will depend upon how you wish to arrange the tables and chairs. This is our guide to room capacities which should ensure you remain safe and comfortable. The diagrams show suggested positioning of chairs and tables so that entrances and fire exits are not obstructed.

*Where indicated, room capacities are based on maximum numbers permitted under fire regulations. These recommend 2 people per square metre standing and one person per square metre sitting. With the exception of the Annexe, the specific size and design of fire exits at the centre do not generally place any restrictions on these figures.

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In order to maintain social distancing of 2 metres, maximum room capacities have been reduced to:

Combined Hall 33
Main Hall 19
Small Hall 14
Annexe 11
Committee Room 4

This is regardless of room layout.

If you are not able to keep 2 meters apart, you must consider whether your sessions really need to go ahead. If there are important benefits to doing so, you may put risk mitigations in place in order to increase room capacities to an absolute maximum of double the above figures, with prior agreement of the Trustees. You must submit a risk assessment to the committee for consideration.


(We would suggest that you may find it more comfortable to have less people standing than indicated)

*Seated, with chairs arranged in rows:

Seated at tables arranged in rows - like a traditional style classroom - with space for a separate 'teachers' table at the front:

Seated at tables arranged in a U shape:

Seated at tables arranged in a rectangle: