Award Winning Fit Out Opts for Flexible Space
Astellas is one of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world, employing 16,000 people globally. As a regional winner of the 2013 BCO (Building Council for Offices) awards the company won its category for best fit out after the judges commented that it had “brought back to life a vacant landmark building and also resolved a number of deficiencies in the base build.” Working with architects Pringle Brandon and contractor Overbury, Style was involved in this project - specified to create colourful, flexible space in the ground floor multifunction room.
DORMA Variflex was selected as the most suitable option, with a stretched fabric finish and Kvadrat Steelcut Trio 2 colour 553 fabric, all in bright red to add vibrancy to the room. With an outstanding 55dB acoustic rating, two walls were installed forming a ‘T’ shape, made up of 19 panels in total.
“It is always nice to be involved in an award winning project,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director, “and we were delighted to see this building enjoy success in the BCO fit out category. Variflex is a tremendous moveable wall solution, and has the added advantage that its panels come separate to the frame. This enables a vast array of finishes to be added as they can be applied before installation.
It also means if one of the panels is scuffed or damaged through use it can be replaced at the lowest possible cost, rather than impacting the integrity of the entire wall. “In the case of Astella’s wall, the fabric can be removed from the panel relatively easily and a new fabric applied, making it the simplest change – for example, in case they wish to alter the colour at a later date.”
Variflex provides a wide choice of elements and stacking/parking arrangements. Its high level of flexibility means it is ideal for all scenarios, even in the case of complicated room proportions where sloping ceilings or circular spaces have to be accommodated.